Saturday 16 February 2019

Shefflin has it all to become the next Cats boss – Walsh

Tommy Walsh: “I’d say Henry would probably be your most obvious choice. He’s brilliant with people” Photo:INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Tommy Walsh: “I’d say Henry would probably be your most obvious choice. He’s brilliant with people” Photo:INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Tommy Walsh feels his former Kilkenny colleague Henry Shefflin is the “obvious” choice to replace Brian Cody whenever the most decorated GAA manager decides to step down.

Cody is preparing for a 21st league campaign at the helm and has given no indication that his time in charge of Kilkenny is coming to an end. But Walsh sees a natural successor in Shefflin when that day comes.

“I’d say Henry would probably be your most obvious choice. He’s brilliant with people,” said the nine-time All-Star.

“He was the star of the team for so long, but there was never any jealousy, there was never any envy towards him, because he is a man of the people as well. He is able to deal with number 36 on the panel as well as number one.

“He is able to deal with the physios. He is able to deal with the masseurs. He is a people person. I work with him in Bank of Ireland and he’s the same with his management. Everyone tries to work hard for him.

“He is a winner because he has won so much for club and county, his first year in management he wins a Kilkenny club (with Ballyhale Shamrocks), which is so difficult to win. He goes on and wins a Leinster club, so straight away now when people see him, (they say), ‘There’s a man that can win things’.

“If you can win something early in your career it gives you that confidence for ever more,” added Walsh.

“Brian has done so much, not just on winning, but he develops a culture inside in Kilkenny that he will be there for as long as probably he wants at this stage,” suggested Walsh.

But the Tullaroan man sees Shefflin as a “main contender” to replace him in the future.

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