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'Could be doing a hell of a lot worse' - Brian Cody on going again in 2020

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Kilkenny senior hurling manager Brian Cody has today spoken about going again with the Cats for another year in 2020.

Cody was ratified for a 22nd season in charge in October, and will be assisted in the 2020 campaign by selectors DJ Carey and James McGarry.

Cody was speaking with Máire-Treasa Nic-Cheallaigh at the official announcement of UPMC’s ten-year naming right partnership with Kilkenny GAA, that sees the home of Kilkenny GAA renamed UPMC Nowlan Park.

And the Cats boss said holidays and time off were rarely on his mind.

"I have total freedom to decide that for myself. There's nothing stopping me doing those things if I wanted to do them.

"Obviously I haven't reached the stage where I want to do that yet. There's more to life than being out in wherever you want to be.

"I've been involved in hurling all my life, involved in sport, dealing with young players, you could be doing a hell of a lot worse."

Kilkenny lost the All-Ireland final in August, losing 3-25 to 0-20 against a strong Tipperary outfit steered by Liam Sheedy.

Cody, however, says his side have moved on.

"Of course, we have moved on... there's always a winner and there's always a loser and there's always only two teams taking part in it. We were one of those two teams and we didn't win on the day.

"That's sport, that's the way it goes. So, absolutely, if we'd have won it we'd have moved on as well, so that's the nature of it.

"Yeah, it didn't go to the final whistle that's for sure. The game was done and dusted with, whatever it was, ten minutes or so to go.

"We found it difficult in the second half. We had started really, really well, we were well in the game for certain. And obviously then things changed, and that's how it went."

Richie Hogan was handed a one-game ban for a sending off in the final. Hogan caught Tipperary's Cathal Barrett with a high elbow late in the first-half.

Hogan had decided to appeal the decision but his manager says that was a personal decision.

"I had no idea about it, to be honest about it. The appeal is a personal tying, every player is entitled to a personal decision about whether he wants to appeal or not, that's what Richie did.

"I didn't make anything of it. Regardless of who it was or whatever player from whatever county, [they have] a right to make an appeal or not make an appeal. I don't think anybody has the right to interfere with his own personal decision."

Cody was also asked about the hurling league and championship structures, but remained coy on what the perfect solution is for the GAA calendar.

"I don't invest any time in thinking about things like that. I'm the manager of the team, the competition is put in front of us and you prepare for the competition.

"Certainly, it would make no sense for me to be kind of saying 'look I don't think we should be playing this or that.'"


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