Dublin ‘manufactured hurlers’ tag condescending, insists Cody
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has dismissed descriptions of Dublin as manufactured hurlers as “condescending” and “completely wrong”.
Following a heavy defeat at the hands of Tipperary in last Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final, Dublin were described as manufactured hurlers in some quarters, but Cody rejected that description yesterday.
“I certainly would consider it that, because the same people were saying six months before that they were capable of winning the All-Ireland final, so it was a huge change in how people looked upon them,” he said.
“I would say it’s certainly condescending, call it what you like. I would consider Dublin to be a top team, an absolute top team. I’ve been saying this for a long time, probably before anyone else was saying it.
“I don’t know, they performed badly on the day as many teams have done before, and the same level of remark wasn’t passed upon other teams who have also failed to perform in given situations.
“To me they have outstanding players and have proven over the past couple of years exactly the quality they have. There is nobody questioning their natural ability over the past couple of years whereas it’s easy enough to hit them with that now, but it’s completely wrong as far as I’m concerned.”
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