Brian Cody remains as Kilkenny manager

Kilkenny will have the same management team at the helm when they defend the Leinster and All-Ireland senior hurling championship titles in 2012.

Kilkenny will have the same management team at the helm when they defend the Leinster and All-Ireland senior hurling championship titles in 2012.

Brian Cody was last night reappointed as manager for the 14th consecutive season, having been first appointed for the championship of 1999.

The James Stephens man, the most successful manager in the history of Gaelic game, has guided the county to 10 All-Ireland wins plus five National Leagues and a fistful of Leinster successes, including a record seven in-a-row in the province.

Mr Cody will be joined on the Selection Committee by Michael Dempsey (St Joseph’s) and Martin Fogarty (Erin’s Own).

The appointments were ratified by the County Board at last night’s monthly meeting in Nowlan Park. The business was completed in a matter of minutes, the appointments being ratified the moment delegates were asked for a proposer and seconder.

The team will be captained by Mr Cody’s club colleague, Eoin Larkin, who was appointed following ‘Stephens recent championship success.