Brian Cody: Ger Loughnane wrong to call Galway gutless

Brian Cody believes Ger Loughnane was wrong to describe Galway as a gutless team after their Leinster final defeat to Kilkenny.

The former Clare and Galway manager laid into Micheál Donoghue’s side after their second-half collapse against the All-Ireland champions last month.

“This defeat showed they are made of absolutely nothing,” wrote Loughnane in his Irish Daily Star column last month.

“You can forget about this Galway team — they have no guts whatsoever!”

Galway bounced back in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final win over Clare, a result which Cody predicted.

Cody didn’t like how Loughnane spoke of Galway but, having seen him describe Kilkenny as “functional” earlier in the month, he wasn’t surprised. “Everybody knows it was absolutely not right and not remotely true. Galway are an excellent team,” he said.

“Of course, it was wrong and they went out and were excellent against Clare. They have great hurlers. I suppose Ger has to fill column inches too and sometimes could be stuck for something to say. I would know Ger well from a long time ago and the man is capable of saying anything.”

Cody wouldn’t be surprised if Loughnane’s words motivated certain Galway players. “Possibly it does spur on lads. Again, I don’t think it is the be-all and end-all of what they are doing. All teams would always be gearing towards giving everything anyway.

“Galway are an excellent team, they went out to maybe prove everybody wrong but they also went out to play as well as they possibly could.

“Seemingly, they got a fair bit of criticism, I have no idea what kind of reaction there was in Galway.”

Meanwhile, Cody reported a clean bill of health ahead of Sunday week’s All-Ireland semi-final against Waterford.

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