Unsurprisingly, Brian Cody has been ratified as the Cats’ senior hurling manager by the Kilkenny County Board for what will be his 20th season in charge.
His backroom team of Derek Lyng, James McGarry and Michael Dempsey are also set to continue for another year.
Cody has overseen unprecedented levels of success for the black and amber side, as they ended a relatively barren spell of seven years without an All-Ireland win under his tenure and would go on to claim a total of eleven national crowns under the 63-year-old, including a four in a row between 2006 and 2009.
They have also won eight national leagues and 16 Leinster titles under his stewardship.
Brian Cody(Manager), Derek Lyng & James Mc Garry(Selectors) & Ml Dempsey(Physical Trainer) ratified for 2018 at Kilkenny Co Board Meeting. pic.twitter.com/Ub4QMQzOo0
— Kilkenny GAA (@KilkennyCLG) September 12, 2017
However, his reappointment comes at the end of a disappointing year as the Cats failed to win any major silverware, were beaten twice (in both league and championship) by their provincial rivals Wexford and also exited the All-Ireland Championship via the qualifiers, suffering their first defeat to Waterford since 1959 in the process.
With all that said, the longest Kilkenny have gone without winning the All-Ireland since the turn of the millennium is two years. The James Stephens man’s reputation certainly precedes him and, judging by his track record, it won’t be long before the Cats return to the top table once again.
Michael Keaveny, Pundit Arena