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'It is absolutely crazy' - Tyrrell can't understand Loughnane criticism of Cody

The ex-Clare boss has argued the Kilkenny manager should walk away.

pjimage (2) Ger Loughnane feels Brian Cody should have walked away Source: INPHO

GER LOUGHNANE SPARKED quite a storm last week when he suggested that Brian Cody should have stepped down in Kilkenny in the wake of their All-Ireland final loss to Tipperary.

The Clare All-Ireland winning boss pointed to legendary GAA figures Mick O’Dwyer and Sean Boylan as examples of managers that he felt stayed too long at the helm.

But one of the players who thrived under Cody’s guidance has branded Loughnane’s views as ‘absolutely crazy’.

Jackie Tyrrell claimed nine All-Ireland senior hurling medals under Cody’s watch and has questioned whether Loughnane is trying to stay relevant, when speaking at yesterday’s Littlewoods Ireland GAA sponsorship announcement.

“Ah, sure Ger is Ger. I’d say maybe if Ger spent more time on his hurling and concentrating on hurling rather than worrying about Brian Cody and Kilkenny and our physicality, he might have a few more All Ireland medals in his back pocket as a player, well actually he might have one.

“It is a time of the year that is quiet on the GAA scene. Is Ger trying to make himself a bit relevant? I don’t know.

“It is absolutely crazy. I don’t know what his motivation is behind it, but in a logical world it doesn’t make any sense at all.

“Then to compare him to Sean Boylan and Alex Ferguson it is madness really. I have no real logic to it and I can’t see any background to why he would say that.”

It’s not the first time that Loughnane has stirred emotions on Noreside. Back in April, he offered his view to the GAA website that Kilkenny were too functional to be chasing a Liam MacCarthy Cup three-in-a-row.

Brian Cody celebrates with Jackie Tyrrell Brian Cody celebrates Kilkenny's 2015 All-Ireland win with Jackie Tyrrell Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

“We don’t pay any heed to that,” states Tyrrell.

“It doesn’t go up on a wall. It’s very rarely mentioned; it might be mentioned in Langtons after training.

“It’s a bit of a laugh, to say that we’re functional. It’s another one of those outlandish comments. We paid no heed to it, really.”

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