O’Con­nor wants Cody to move up­stairs in ma­jor Cats shake-up

Irish Independent - - SPORT - Jackie Cahill

KILKENNY’S for­mer Al­lIre­land-win­ning cap­tain Ed­die O’Con­nor says the Cats need a “ma­jor shake-up” to re­vive past glo­ries – and has called for DJ Carey to be in­stalled as se­nior team man­ager, with Brian Cody mov­ing “up­stairs” to be­come county board chair­man.

O’Con­nor, who won Celtic Crosses in 1992 and 1993, the lat­ter year as skip­per, has also re­vealed that he snubbed the re­cent Ju­bilee team cel­e­bra­tions at Croke Park in protest at the GAA’s broad­cast deal with Sky.

In a wide-rang­ing ob­ser­va­tion of Kilkenny, O’Con­nor in­sists that the U-21s un­der-per­formed in this year’s cham­pi­onship, de­spite reach­ing the All-Ire­land fi­nal.

He says that man­ager Ed­die Bren­nan “did his best” – but in­sists that “you can’t be an expert in pun­ditry and do in­ter­county man­age­ment too.”

But it’s O’Con­nor’s as­ser­tion that Cody should step aside and move into ad­min­is­tra­tion that’s sure to set tongues wag­ging on Nore­side.

The Glen­more man said: “A ma­jor shake-up is needed, with Brian Cody mov­ing up­stairs and DJ com­ing in as team man­ager.

“A lot of play­ers do need a change but more so at county board level, where Brian would be a huge am­bas­sador and who bet­ter to lead from the front as chair­man?

“Far be it from me to tell Brian Cody what to do but I feel it’s time for the great man to move up­stairs, to take over as chair­man of the Kilkenny County Board, where lead­er­ship is lack­ing.”

Cody (above) was re­cently ap­pointed as Kilkenny se­nior team man­ager for a 20th sea­son – but O’Con­nor added: “I’d love to see my for­mer play­ing col­league DJ in a man­age­ment ca­pac­ity. “That would be my dream team – the great­est man­ager of all time run­ning the county board and the great­est player of all time man­ag­ing the hurlers. “From speak­ing to a num­ber of play­ers and sup­port­ers around the county, pub­licly they don’t look for change but pri­vately, the vast ma­jor­ity would like to see a change. “It’s the Kilkenny County Board that leave a lot to be de­sired. A num­ber of peo­ple run­ning the board and stuck in a time-warp and in­sti­tu­tion­alised.”

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