How often has the emergence of an exciting talent been met with the proviso that there's an even more exciting younger sibling at home ready to make an even greater impact? It's a classic GAA thing. Another story behind the story.
Just as the success of a manager will often be qualified by the presence of a coach who was considered the real 'brains' behind the operation, the person who laid out the game-plan, got the players onside and made it work. Only for them... Even All-Ireland-winning managers in the last two decades will have listened to how their own influence was diluted in some quarters by such rationale.
Coaches can often exist behind a Teflon cloak. Win and a greater portion of the credit will inevitably fall their way from those 'in the know.' Lose and their influence was suppressed, the manager didn't give them enough time on the training field to implement strategies.
Reputationally, it can often be a win-win situation. Again, it's a classic GAA thing and frustrating for managers who bear the responsibility for everything.
Donie Buckley's coaching credentials have long been lauded across the GAA landscape, from his time with Mickey Ned O'Sullivan in Limerick to his six-year spell with Mayo in service to three different managers.
Players, particularly, have gushed about his technical acumen, coaching the art of the tackle specifically. Anywhere he has gone, he seems to have built up a strong rapport with them.
He has always sought to go about his work discreetly, eschewing any publicity attached to his role, the ultimate backing singer providing harmony.
But the noise around his departure from the Kerry set-up over the weekend was loud to the point of deafening. Real palace intrigue in the Kingdom.
In his Sunday World column, Pat Spillane described the move to release Buckley from the set-up as "monumental," adding that if Kerry don't now win the All-Ireland, the wolves will come looking for (Peter Keane's) head over this. Really? Is Buckley's influence that profound? Tomás Ó Sé echoed much the same message on Twitter, that "fellas will be waiting" with the pressure Keane brought on himself.
Reading these views, it would be hard not to come to the conclusion that Buckley's presence could have been the difference between Kerry knocking the six-in-a-row-chasing Dubs off their perch and now his absence could cost the rest of his former management colleagues their positions if they don't.
Buckley himself would be a little bit embarrassed by the black-and-white nature of those conclusions.
By reading some of the outsized reaction you could also come to the conclusion that, next time around, Kerry might be better going for broke and building a management structure with Buckley as coach at the centre of it because he is deemed of such vital importance to them.
Maybe that's what they had in mind at the outset when they set about finding a replacement for Eamonn Fitzmaurice in the autumn of 2018.
The Kerry chairman Tim Murphy was keen to put structures around strength and conditioning, nutrition and other aspects of preparation in place that would take a long-term approach to development. The common perception was and has been that Buckley, his six years with Mayo at an end, would be part of any new management team.
If that was true then it was always going to be a difficult fit for any new incumbent and for Buckley himself.
When Peter Keane got the position his natural gravitation was always going to be towards the coaches that he worked with as part of three successive All-Ireland-winning minor teams.
Thus, all winter there was speculation that Buckley would not be part of the 2020 Kerry management team with rumours of an impending move to Galway to team up with Pádraic Joyce.
He was, apparently, back relatively late from his annual extended winter break to Florida by which time preparations were well under way.
While his departure is not a surprise, the timing of it is. Why not wait until the end of the campaign in less than three weeks' time? Why such urgency?
Keane would have known the fallout from this would have been significant, he would have known the optics would not have been good yet he felt compelled to go ahead and sever connections anyway and with immediate effect. It's hard to imagine that he woke up on Friday and decided such a change had to happen on a whim.
Ironically, it's Buckley's second time to depart a Kerry set-up, having previously left Jack O'Connor's team in 2012, a move that didn't go down well with the players at the time and which prompted a swift recall of Fitzmaurice to the backroom to soften the blow.
We can't pretend to know the dynamics at play in the Kerry backroom team, how hard the rest worked to integrate Buckley. The consensus is that he was not getting sufficient time to work with the players but that alone would surely not be grounds for removal.
Ultimately, the buck stops with the manager. They make the choices over team personnel and who assists them with those decisions.
If Kerry win the All-Ireland, we can be sure that it won't be attributed to Buckley's absence. Lose and it will be a real reference point in Kerry and beyond. Better to be a coach than a manager.