Contrary to his county board’s stance, Cody favoured the idea of an August All- Ireland final for the sake of providing clubs with more fixtures space. However, he believes it would have only formed part of the solution.
“I think it’s a question that needs to be looked at. I said it at the time and I also said I didn’t have the solution to it. I was asked if I would have a problem with the All-Ireland finals being brought forward and I said I certainly wouldn’t have a problem with it. But I don’t think they can look at it in isolation; I think you need to look at the whole inter-county and club calendar.
“You can’t just solve the club calendar by moving the All-Ireland forward by two weeks. I would have had no problem with them doing it of course – it would have helped – but I don’t think it is just the actual solution to it, moving a match two weeks ahead.
“ It needs to be looked at as a package together, club and inter-county. I still feel very definitely that it is something that does have to be addressed.”
Cody acknowledged Kilkenny could have been better than they were yesterday but wasn’t concerned by seeing a nine-point lead cut to one. “No, I’m not particularly worried about anything in particular. It’s more the overall sense of things, where we’re at and how we’re going.
“It’s very early days but you’d always be looking for a decent attitude and at the end of the day the attitude was decent. The fact it wasn’t a brilliant performance in the second-half, we still got the result we wanted.”
Cody saw Cork go down to Dublin on Saturday and expects a major reaction from them when Kilkenny travel to Páirc Uí Rinn next weekend. “I’m sure they are expecting a response from themselves as well, you can be sure of that. It’s down in Cork so it’s going to be a real serious battle. They’re fighting for the points and we want the points as well.”