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'He has the CV for it' | Walsh on Shefflin's chances of managing Kilkenny

Eoin Harte
Eoin Harte

08:55 24 Jan 2020

While he has yet to signal his intent, Tommy Walsh feels that Henry Shefflin certainly has the CV to be the next Kilkenny senior hurling manager.

The former Kilkenny hurler was speaking to Off The Ball when the possibility of Shefflin taking over from Brian Cody as the next Cats manager came up.

“I don’t know but in fairness to him he probably has the ability there and he has shown that he’s able to do it. Any job that comes up, I’m sure that he’ll be able to do it.

“Shefflin was as modest at 33, 34 in the Kilkenny panel as he was at 19 years of age. He had the ability to drive on any sort of player.

“He never looked down on anyone and trained so hard and did everything so right himself that everyone just copied him.

“In management - I worked with him in the Bank of Ireland. He was my boss before and was a guy again who you just wanted to get things right for him.

“He had that sort of an aura about him. He had that sort of a presence and I was never surprised that he was going to do well,” Walsh said.

Shefflin did a fantastic job as manager of Ballyhale Shamrocks, winning two club All-Ireland’s before stepping down from the role on Thursday.

While he has not yet signalled his intention to take over as Kilkenny manager any time soon, the work he has already done has surely put himself right in contention for the role.

“You’d be listening to stories about how he’s able to use his head and use cop on. The county boys he had for Ballyhale - he used to give them a couple of nights off maybe if they needed.

“Maybe train them hard if they needed. He just used his head and maybe didn’t just treat everyone the same.

“He had everyone how he would like to get the best out of them for the team. He’s very astute and he’s very clever at what he does.

“Well listen, two years, two Kilkenny county finals, two Leinster finals and two club All-Ireland's. It wouldn't be a bad way to put your CV in with that on it,” Walsh said.

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