In The Irish News - Aug 26 1997: Nicky Brennan in shock resignation as Kilkenny manager

Nicky Brennan and club delegates pictured at The Irish News GAA Conference

NICKY Brennan yesterday shocked the hurling word when he quit as Kilkenny manager.

Brennan, who was joined in his resignation by his selectors Richie Power and Pat Aylward, is understood to have cited personal abuse directed at him from sections of the Kilkenny support as the main reason for his decision.

A source close to Brennan said yesterday that the last straw came when his brother was jeered by a minority of fans after being substituted during Sunday’s National League semi-final defeat by Limerick.

Brennan himself was unavailable for comment yesterday.

The source added that Brennan felt anything other than an All-Ireland success wasn’t going to satisfy a certain minority of Kilkenny fans.

Kilkenny have not claimed an All-Ireland title since their back-toback crowns in 1992 and ‘93.

Brennan was a selector during both those triumphs and he took over as manager in the autumn of 1995.

He was due to serve another 12 months in the post despite his team’s Leinster final defeat by Wexford and All-Ireland semi-final defeat at the hands of Munster champions Clare.


DERRY football selector Frank Kearney claimed last night that the county’s outgoing management team are in a state of limbo.

Kearney revealed that Brian Mullins is keen to stay on as Derry boss.

But he added that the outgoing management team have received no communication from the Oak Leaf board since the Ulster final despite posting an official written request for a meeting to county secretary.

The team spokesman said it was his understanding clubs in the county have been circulated with a request to nominate a Derry manager/management team.

“They didn’t extend the courtesy of a meeting with the outgoing manager despite an official request for such a meeting which was delivered to the county board in writing several weeks ago.

“Whether that means they (the county board) want us out, I don’t know,” said Kearney last night.

Maghera-based Kearney said, on a personal level, he could “take or leave” his involvement with the Derry football squad.

“But I know Brian Mullins is keen to continue. He would be keen to stay on. But we’re in a state of limbo at the moment.”


REAL Madrid midfielder Clarence Seedorf will cost any prospective buyer an amazing £88million.

Spanish clubs include huge buy-out clauses in their player’s contracts, designed to ward off hostile bids.

And with bitter rivals Barcelona showing their admiration for the midfield star, champions Real have massively increased the clause in his contract.

His contract at Real runs out in 2003, but Barcelona’s Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal was understood to be willing to break the bank to poach him.


AFTER the defeats of Down and Armagh in the All Ireland Intermediate semi-finals on Sunday, Ulster’s only chance of glory on the national stage now lies with Antrim.

The Saffrons found out on Sunday that their final opponents will be holders Cork, who defeated Galway in a thriller by 3-11 to 4-7.

Antrim surprised Cork in the national league semi-final in May and went on to take the title. Will it be the double or revenge for Skibbereen?

Meanwhile the Saffron U18 side had to field in Monaghan without the Loughgiel players or Jane Adams, who is out with a broken thumb.

Yet they survived, winning by 4-7 to 3-5. Collette Downey and Shauneen Henry shared the goals to bring their team through to a quarter final with Derry,


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