The news of Brian Cody’s departure as Kilkenny hurling manager this afternoon saw those in GAA circles paying tribute to the 68-year-old after a remarkable trophy-laden career.
Cody guided the Cats to 11 All-Ireland titles, 18 Leinster championships and 10 National League crowns during his 24 years in charge, earning him the status as the GAA’s greatest ever manager, and Twitter accounts were quick to hail his achievements after news broke that he had stepped down.
End of an Era, Memories which will be treasured forever. Best wishes Brian. https://t.co/FeLxuWBVcE— Henry Shefflin (@ShefflinHenry) July 23, 2022
One of the very very lucky ones to have witnessed Brian Cody up close in action. His passion and love for Kilkenny hurling is unparalleled. Honoured to have been managed by the greatest Manager ever #BC— Jackie Tyrrell (@MrJackieTee) July 23, 2022
The best tribute to Brian Cody is to repeat the prophetic words of Ger Loughnane, then hurling's most dominant manager, on hearing of his appointment in 1998.— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) July 23, 2022
"We're all in trouble now."
Set standards for Kilkenny for the last 20 years..great to have worked with him without doubt the greatest manager of all time 🐐 pic.twitter.com/T3Alp6U3cc— JJ Delaney (@jjdel82) July 23, 2022
Brian Cody - simply the greatest! I doubt we will ever see the likes of him again. End of an incredible era for the cats! 🟡⚫️— Conor Moore (@ConorSketches) July 23, 2022
Brian Cody steps down.— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) July 23, 2022
11 All-Ireland senior titles…
'We are just going to bask in some greatness!' | 🟨⬛️#BrianCody has won the same number of Leinster titles as Wexford! | @KilkennyCLG— Off The Ball (@offtheball) July 23, 2022
'It is a staggering benchmark to start off with' | 👀
Meaningful Metrics w/ @Whoop | #UnlockYourself | See https://t.co/kOmkt86gSu pic.twitter.com/ZJapBn6b1U
Hard to believe that Brian won’t be managing the @KilkennyCLG team next year. Lucky enough to have hurled for him for a decade and learned so much. End of an era. #briancody #GAA pic.twitter.com/m66S1fDXDp— Brian Hogan (@hogie81) July 23, 2022
End of an era in Irish sport as Brian Cody steps down as Kilkenny manager after 24 seasons. Quite simply there will never be another manager like him in any code in Ireland #briancody— Sean McGoldrick (@SeanMcGoldrick1) July 23, 2022
Brian Cody won 11 All-Ireland, 18 Leinster and 10 National League titles in his time as Kilkenny senior manager.— Fintan O'Toole (@fotoole13) July 23, 2022
Including replays, he managed Kilkenny in 19 All-Ireland senior hurling finals.
Truly phenomenal numbers.
We’ll never see the likes of Brian Cody ever again.— Aidan Delaney (@aidand472) July 23, 2022
As a hurling fan, I’m devastated.
As a Wexford fan, I say thanks be to god for that.
What an unbelievable manager Brian Cody was.His records are of the charts. Ruthless,driven and a born winner. 👏👏 https://t.co/LrXOmAbJLr— Cora Staunton (@duckie15) July 23, 2022
Hurling's most successful manager ever Brian Cody has stepped down after 24 years and 11 All Irelands titles... Incredible stuff!— Aisling O'Reilly (@ashoreilly) July 23, 2022
One of the all time greats 👏
Brian Cody steps off the hurling throne.— Roy Curtis (@RoyCurtis68) July 23, 2022
The eternal landscape shifts.
Only a matter of time before Newgrange is redeveloped.
The Ardagh chalice is melted down.
And the Book of Kells used to wrap fish and chips.
Statement from Kilkenny County Board: Brian Cody - Kilkenny GAA https://t.co/L0zjb490DO— Kilkenny GAA (@KilkennyCLG) July 23, 2022