All-Ireland winning manager Brian Cody last night refused to comment on growing speculation he faces sanctioning over his scathing attack on referee Barry Kelly.
Cody’s description of Kelly’s decision to award an injury-time free against Kilkenny in the drawn All-Ireland final as “criminal” is likely to be discussed at this month’s meeting of the Central Competitions Control Committee.
The Kilkenny manager could be hit with an eight-week ban if found to have brought the game into disrepute with his comments.
GAA chiefs are at least expected to request the Kilkenny boss justify his damming remarks concerning the Westmeath official.
When quizzed on a potential backlash from top-brass, Cody replied: “Not a hope [am I discussing that].”
Currently serving as a selector with James Stephens, Cody revealed he will wait until the conclusion of the local championship before deciding whether or not to extend his tenure as Kilkenny manager into a 17th season.
James Stephens meet Kilkenny’s reigning county champions Clara on Sunday, October 12, with a quarter-final berth at stake.
“ hasn’t crossed my mind,” claimed Cody, the keynote speaker at last night’s ‘Powerful Bodies’ seminar, organised by the Mater Private Cork.
“The club scene kicks in straight away and I will be involved with that myself. My club are involved there and I am involved with them. That is my focus right now.
“Absolutely I will allow the club championship to finish up before I decide on 2015. I always have.”
Indeed, when pressed on potential retirements in the camp, he reiterated: “I haven’t a clue what I am doing next year. I haven’t the slightest idea. I haven’t even considered it all.”
Reflecting on the campaign just finished, Cody pointed to the league final victory over Tipperary as the afternoon where the “flow” returned to Kilkenny hurling.
Moreover, he expressed confidence sufficient talent had been unearthed during the spring to rectify the shortcoming in panel strength which contributed to their premature exit from the 2013 championship.
“I said at the end of the league final we were in a better place, call it what you like, than we were the previous 12 months even though we had the same result, we won the league.
“We were hurling better, our hurling was of a higher standard. Work-rate was good in both years, but our standard of hurling, our flow, our fluency was better this year.
“We had two ambitions in the league and they were to win the league and to give as many players experience as possible. We achieved both. The strength-in-depth was there for the championship which wasn’t there for 2013.”
On their championship run, he commented: “The two Galway games were two huge challenges in Tullamore, full houses. We won the Leinster final easier than we thought. I am not saying it was easy, but Dublin didn’t play as well as they would have liked to have played. The semi-final against Limerick was a massive game, was a huge game. The two finals then, sure you know what they were like.”
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