Speculation is growing in senior Kilkenny hurling circles over Brian Cody’s future as senior hurling manager.

Speculation was rife on Tuesday night that Cody would step down after 24 seasons in charge following his 17th All-Ireland final.

Senior officials in the district expect an announcement could be imminent, but could not confirm when.

Cody usually disclosed his intentions for the next season to the county executive in the fall and then had them ratified by the board.

Sunday’s loss to Limerick was only the sixth time a Kilkenny side managed by Cody have lost an All-Ireland final. The boss, an 11-time All-Ireland SHC winner, has led The Cats to the last three Leinster championships, although the county will be looking at the 37th Liam McCarthy Cup for an eighth year in 2023.

Sources believe there was no sign of Cody leaving either for the team and management dinner at Langton’s Hotel on Sunday night or for a follow-up fan event at UPMC Nowlan Park.

Speaking at that homecoming on Monday, Cody said he had “never been more proud of a team” than the Kilkenny team that lost on Sunday.

Cody, who turned 68 the previous Monday, continued: “The real story is Kilkenny hasn’t gone away and Kilkenny will never go away. A win for Liam McCarthy will come soon for this great team and in the meantime Kilkenny continues to be the capital of hurling.”

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