Eight-time All-Ireland winner Eddie Brennan believes there's no chance of Brian Cody stepping down as Kilkenny manager this year.
The Cats endured a difficult summer that included defeats to Wexford and Waterford which saw them miss out on the All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals.
However, Brennan, who is currently preparing the county's U21s for Saturday's All-Ireland final against Limerick, is more than confident that hurling's most successful manager will remain at the helm for a 20th season.
"No," he replied when asked if he thought there was a chance Cody would step down. "Guaranteed he'll be there.
"I just don't see it happening. I haven't spoken to him, and I don't know any of the ins and outs, I'm only focusing on what we're doing with the U-21s, but I just don't see it happening.
"I think it would be a mistake as well if it did happen because he's the right man to lead them forward. Maybe it'll be a different approach they take but certainly Brian is the man to lead them forward."