Former Limerick, Laois and Tipperary senior football manager Liam Kearns has spoken in an interview with The Kerryman about his desire to manage the Kerry senior footballers, while acknowledging that at this stage of his career it's unlikely to ever happen.
"The reality is that for anyone who's looked at Kerry football, their modus operandi is they put you in charge of an underage team and once you prove yourself there they promote you to the senior team," he said.
"They work within their coaching system and you need to be within the Kerry coaching system to get the senior job. Look at Peter Keane he did minor and he went straight from the minor job to senior. Páidí Ó Sé went from Under-21 to senior. Éamonn Fitzmaurice Under-21 to senior. Pat O'Shea, minor and Under-21 to senior.
"That has been their way and it's worked very well for them. You can't knock it, but I'll be honest, I was hopeful that I would be in the mix at some stage, but as I said they've always stuck to that system and it's served them well.
"Every time the job comes up my name would be mentioned in relation to it, but I never felt I was going to get the Kerry job because I wasn't working within their system."
The Tralee native also revealed that he had given consideration to taking an underage side in the Kingdom and, at one point, was in the mix for the Kerry Under-21 job.
"That's something I've considered and when it's come up it hasn't fallen the right way," he outlined.
"Certainly a number of years ago whether it was after Limerick or Laois there was consideration given to whether I'd take the Under-21 job in Kerry, but whatever the circumstances it didn't work for me at the time.
"I would say even at that it's minor to Under-21 and Under-21 to senior. I'm a very experienced senior manager. I saw John Evans he was going for the Under-21 Kerry job this year and John Sugrue got it, but I think John Evans was the second choice. People ask me and say to me [about the Kerry job], but Kerry have always gone within their own coaching structure and it works well."