Eight-time All-Eire winner Aidan Fogarty believes that the vacant Kilkenny job could come a bit too quickly for present Galway supervisor Henry Shefflin whereas additionally paying tribute to Brian Cody who he described as “the spine of Kilkenny hurling.”
Talking on RTÉ Radio 1, Fogarty name-checked Derek Lyng, Michael Fennelly and Eddie Brennan as doable successors, however feels that circumstances may go in opposition to Shefflin heading again east.
“To start with, Kilkenny will not go exterior the county. They’ll decide somebody contained in the county,” Fogarty mentioned when requested about who’s subsequent in line.
“There’s loads of gamers which have received sufficient, that know sufficient in regards to the hurling recreation to go in as supervisor.
“When it comes to Henry Shefflin, I’d like to see him practice Kilkenny. He’s solely given one yr in Galway, would he depart so quickly?
“I suppose he noticed [Liam] Cahill going to Tipperary with [Colm] Bonnar solely getting a yr. It completely relies upon.
“For my part I could not see Henry coming. I’m not counting him out, I’d like to see him come finally.
“You’ve gotten different guys, you’ve gotten Derek Lyng there my very own membership man. [He’s] after successful an All-Eire with the under-20s and in my opinion he received it in the identical trend that Brian Cody would have received sure matches through the years.
“He received one of the best out of that group of gamers. They weren’t probably the most flamboyant gamers however grasped it and labored laborious and he received them over the road.
“For those who’re speaking about front-runners, Derek Lyng is up there, Michael Fennelly with Offaly, Eddie Brennan clearly as effectively through the years with Laois.
Aidan Fogarty performed for Kilkenny for 11 seasons
“It’s laborious to know. Henry’s identify will likely be bandied across the place, personally I couldn’t see him going after one yr with Galway.”
Fogarty additionally mentioned that it was vital to not rush into a choice over Cody’s substitute and as a substitute enable time for his achievements to be appreciated after 24 years within the job.
“Even within the evaluation in RTÉ on The Sunday Recreation, it was like ‘yeah we’re enjoying Kilkenny however we’re enjoying Brian Cody.’
“He was the sixteenth man; he did drive that Kilkenny crew.”
“Brian Cody has been the spine of that Kilkenny crew,” he continued. “It’s going to be laborious to interchange him. What a person, what he has executed for Kilkenny hurling is simply unbelievable.”
Fogarty, who retired in 2014 after 11 years, offered an enchanting perception into the ruthless nature of Cody’s choice coverage.
He is aware of that higher than most having been dropped forward of the 2012 All-Eire ultimate in opposition to Galway, a choice that almost compelled him into retirement.
“It was very irritating as a result of it has been mentioned earlier than, Brian wouldn’t have been one of the best man-manager and by no means was.
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“He by no means put the arm across the shoulder and I’m simply speaking from my very own private dealings with Brian. Possibly this occurred to different gamers.
“You bought the crew on a Friday evening and also you weren’t on it and probably by no means received a phrase in the course of the week. That was very, very laborious to take as a participant.
“However what he did do was he created that tradition within the crew that it’s all in regards to the crew. It doesn’t matter about any particular person not enjoying, it doesn’t matter about any person who may be a bit sickened about being taken off. It was about Kilkenny hurling, it was in regards to the crew.
“It was very laborious to cope with at occasions however I suppose in my time Kilkenny had been successful, I used to be having fun with my hurling, I used to be having fun with what I used to be doing, I wished to be a part of a fantastic set-up.
“The flipside of it was that when you went effectively in coaching then he would decide you. There was all the time an opportunity you possibly can begin in an All-Eire ultimate out of nothing.
“You noticed it earlier than with Walter Walsh, you noticed it earlier than with completely different gamers approaching out of the blue. The humorous factor is you’d have a crew picked in your individual head and Brian Cody would come out with a very completely different crew.
“You would be questioning why is he choosing this participant in that place however he would simply stick with his beliefs and his mantra. He’s not a sophisticated man, we’d have had conferences through the years about techniques and various things and he would all the time carry it all the way down to the brass tacks of depth, of laborious work, of willpower.
“Through the years that’s what all the time fed by means of on that Kilkenny crew. The conundrum is will that Kilkenny crew going ahead have that very same willpower, that very same perception that he received out of these gamers?”