Eddie Brennan named Kilkenny’s U21 manager with Brian Cody taking on supervisory role

Brian Cody will take up a role with Kilkenny’s U21s next year on top of taking charge of the seniors for an 18th season in 2016.

The 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager will take the opportunity to link himself between the two panels as he looks to have a more hands-on role in the development of players, assuming a supervisory role with the U21s.

Following fellow Sunday Game panellist Dónal Óg Cusack into inter-county management, former star forward Eddie Brennan was ratified as the new U21 manager, replacing Brian Ryan. Brennan, 37, led Lisdowney to a junior county title in 2013.

Cody, 61, will be joined by coach Michael Dempsey for a 14th season and selectors Derek Lyng (Emeralds) and James McGarry (Bennettsbridge) for a third year.

The reappointment of James Stephens man Cody in Nowlan Park last night was a formality as was that of Pat Hoban who remains in charge of the minor side for a fourth consecutive year. Pat O’Grady continues as intermediate manager, a role he has filled since 2012.

Cody is likely to have his two most senior clubmen to call on in Kilkenny colours next season. Jackie Tyrrell, 34 in 2016, has already confirmed he will be available and Eoin Larkin, 32 next season, is also set to be involved once he returns from a tour of duty with the armed forces. Michael Rice, who turns 32 in January, could also commit for one more season.

However, there are doubts surrounding the future of Richie Power after the 29-year-old recently underwent an operation on his knee. The Carrickshock man made his first appearance this season when coming on as a late second-half substitute in the All-Ireland final win over Galway.

Meanwhile, there is speculation Cody will also take charge of James Stephens next season. Cody was in charge of The Village’s U21s this year and has recently been a senior selector.

- Ciarán Deely was last night appointed the new manager of the London senior football team.


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