WILLIAM O'Sullivan sidestepped any question on his own future as ladies team manager but the Legion man was certainly focussed on talking aboput the future of the game in Kerry following Sunday's All-Ireland final defeat.
"What we were looking for today was a performance, we didn't get it, so from that point of view we are unhappy. Even if we had got the performance we may still not have won the match but I'd probably be a little happier. It's been nineteen years since we were here. It's a knock-on effect and we are looking for it to filter down through the age groups and hopefully there will be some response.
"Getting to an All-Ireland is an acheivement and that's the way we would look at it now. It's certainly not the way we would have looked at it before the game. The fear we had today was that because Cork had all the experience of big occasions such as this that some of our girls wouldn't be able to deal with it, and that happens. These things happen and hopefully we will learn from it," O'Sullivan said.
"I think the defence coped quite well for quite a lot of the game, so there is an improvement there. We'll look to improve at the other end of the pitch for next year. That's the next stage in the process. The girls will have to get used to this. It's not something you can learn overnight, it's not something you can coach overnight.
"Players have playing one way all through their club career and now they are being asked to change. We are getting right at one end of the pitch so we will look to getting it right at the other end," he continued.
While the manager had a little grumble about a few refereeing decision he didn't offer it as any excuse for the defeat, though he admitted other things didn't go in Kerry's favour.
"Nerves got to us, but I thought we battled very well out there. We knew thiknsg weren't going right for us after five minutes. A couple of crucial things happened. Bernie Breen broke her a/c (shoulder) joint five minutes into the game. The hardliner would have taken her off the team but taking her off that early might have caused the collapse of the team. She's an inspirational figure in the team so we left here on and I thought she coped fairly well for the hour.
"Then there were a couple of others who were big players for us all year and they just didn't perform today. These things happens but we will go away and come back stronger hopefully.
"Cork were brilliant and they converted a lot of scoring chances that they didn't convert, so on the balance it was probably the right scoreline, eight or nine points, and I've no problem with that. I think Cork were the superior outfit today, their strength and depth is incredible, and we just don't have anything near that strength and depth. We have some good young players coming through and hopefully we can add them to the panel."