Stick with county job lads

The Kilkenny senior hurling management team and players have been urged to carry on regardless and to drove on with the county into the 2014 season.

The Kilkenny senior hurling management team and players have been urged to carry on regardless and to drove on with the county into the 2014 season.

County Board chairman, Ned Quinn, stopped short of appealing to all involved in senior set-up to stay on, but he said it was “his wish” that they would do so.

“My personal wish is that there would be no major change and that the management and players would continue with the county,” the Mooncoin official said.

Out of respect to manager, Brian Cody, his fellow selectors Michael Dempsey and Martin Fogarty and the players, the chairman didn’t make an appeal but he was prepared to let his feeling be known.

“All who were involved with the team in Thurles still have an awful lot to offer,” Mr Quinn added. “Remember we did win the National League.”

There has been unease following the disappointment of the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat by Cork. This was driven mainly by a feeling that star player and nine times All-Ireland medal winner, Henry Shefflin, was harshly treated when booked twice before being sent off.

There was a simmering feeling that Kilkenny were less than the best loved cousins in the GAA before the defeat. That opinion hardened since, and with personalities like former Galway manager, Cyril Farrell offering support, the mood on the Noreside is delicate.