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Waterford legend believes Kilkenny expectations are too high as county's talent levels have dipped

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Kilkenny manager Brian Cody

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody

Waterford legend John Mullane believes that those calling for Brian Cody’s departure as Kilkenny hurling boss are “absolutely bonkers”.

Cody, an 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager, heads into his 23rd season as Cats boss this Saturday with a league opener away to Dublin but there have been plenty of murmurings in the off-season about his future.

Mullane feels Cody is exceeding expectations based on the current Kilkenny squad and the former Déise star insists Kilkenny supporters “need to be careful what they wish for”.

“It’s bonkers that they are even considering getting rid of their greatest ever manager, probably the greatest manager that we have ever come across in the GAA world,” Mullane said.

“The personnel are just not there, he doesn’t have the personnel that he had before. What he’s after doing in his last few campaigns, winning a National League, beating Limerick in 2019 and winning Leinster last year, they are incredible achievements.

“They flattered to deceive in the second half against Waterford last year, likewise against Dublin, but it’s absolutely bonkers that people are even suggesting that they should get rid of Brian Cody and get somebody else in.

“Maybe expectation levels need to be lowered in Kilkenny, they’re coming off an unbelievable era under Cody and maybe expectations are there that they should be winning All-Irelands every two or three years.

“That’s just crazy. They haven’t won an U-21 since 2008, haven’t won a minor since 2014. You can only play with the cards that you’re dealt with. Down in Kilkenny, they’d want to be careful what they wish for.”

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