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Published: 10:34 | 12/2/16

Cody: It will be won on the pitch

Kilkenny boss Brian Cody has grown accustomed to the changes faces on the sidelines over the years but he will not let it influence his gameplan in anyway.

Cody has seen many managers come and go since taking charge of the Cats in November 1998 and on Sunday he will come up against Kieran Kingston, the tenth Cork manager during his 18-year reign with Kilkenny.

Tipperary and Galway also have new managers ahead of the 2016 season but the James Stephens clubman insists the managerial changes will not have a bearing on his approach to the game.

“I’ve kinda gotten used to it. I’ve competed against a few managers over the years," Cody stated. "And I seem to be anything but a new manager, that’s for sure. At the end of the day it’s a question of our team competing against the other team. It’s not about personalities.

"Like I said after the All-Ireland final last year, it will always be won on the pitch. We prepare ourselves. We don’t prepare in training against any other manager or any other thing like that. We prepare ourselves and then the players go out and compete against the other team and that’s what will happen again."

Kilkenny have been accused of adopting a defensive mindset but Cody has rejected the notion, believing his team to be an attacking side.

"People speak about us maybe being very, very defensive. Absolutely not defensive in that sense. We'd be an attacking team as I would see it," Cody is quoted as saying in the Irish Independent.

"Eoin Larkin has an insatiable work ethic. He's an impatient player. He's not a fella that you can say, 'Right, play corner-forward'. He'd play it no problem, he'd play anywhere, he just wants the ball and that's not defensive, that's just a sense of where am I needed.

"That's Eoin's sense of how to play the game and lots of other lads as well. The reality of it is there is a lot of flexibility now in positions, that's for certain, but it's a different thing to an orthodox, say, sweeper set-up.

"Certainly it's not a situation where you have 15 players who just keep to their own positions, that's not happening for certain, but you'd always like to think we have a really attacking sense."

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