Sunday 15 September 2019

Shefflin: Talk of succeeding Cody 'disrespectful'


Ballyhale Shamrocks manager Henry Shefflin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Ballyhale Shamrocks manager Henry Shefflin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former Kilkenny star Henry Shefflin admits that managing at county level in the future would interest him but branded any talk surrounding the job in his native county as "disrespectful" while Brian Cody remains in charge of the Cats.

After guiding Ballyhale Shamrocks to an All-Ireland club title in his first campaign in management, Shefflin has been widely touted as a natural successor to Cody, who is in his 21st season in charge of Kilkenny having guided the Cats to a staggering 11 Liam MacCarthy Cup titles so far.

"To be honest I'm very happy where I am and I think... I don't know what way to phrase it, I think it's a bit silly for me from my perspective to say something like that (that he'll succeed Cody)," Shefflin said.

"I wanted to go in with Ballyhale to see how it goes and see if I enjoy it.

"And the next question will be 'do you enjoy it?' and yes, I do enjoy it.

"It was a very enjoyable year with a big learning step so for me that's it.

"I've a young family at home. And look, Brian is the greatest manager of all time in Kilkenny hurling so I think it's a bit disrespectful for people to even mention it."

However, he agreed that inter-county management would interest him in the future, following in the footsteps of former team-mate Eddie Brennan, who is currently in charge of Laois.

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"Down the road, it probably will. But I've an awful lot to learn. It's a massive step up. It's like going from being a club player to an inter-county player, there's so much to learn.

"From listening and talking to the lads, the level of detail involved, the commitment levels are just astronomical.

"That is something you have to take into consideration. Everyone is at different stages in their life cycle.

"You have to understand where you are."

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