Eamonn Fitzmaurice says he wouldn't bet against Kieran Donaghy managing the Kingdom at some point.
Four-time All-Ireland winner Donaghy yesterday joined a decorated band of recent retirees that include his former forward colleague Colm Cooper, Aidan O'Mahony and Bryan Sheehan.
"The lads that have retired over the last couple of years, I do think they have managerial credentials," recently departed Kerry boss Fitzmaurice told RTÉ 2fm's Game On.
"Kieran certainly will be involved in management in some capacity, as a selector or management down the line.
"He has the personality for it. He has a huge interest, huge energy.
"He has great tactical understanding, great ideas as well, things he would have hopped off me over the last couple of years that he would like to be trying.
"I think we'll see him in a coaching capacity down the line and probably sooner rather than later."
Fitzmaurice played alongside the Austin Stacks man for Kerry in 2005/06 before managing him from 2012 to this season.
He says that Donaghy was a crucial figure in the 2014 All-Ireland title victory that proved to be the key achievement of his reign.
"Earlier on in the season he had a bad hip/groin injury that just wasn't going away and he had to put in a lot of hard work in rehab and patience with it," said Fitzmaurice.
"We played Galway in the quarter-final and he got no game time, he was very disappointed.
"He fought hard in training afterwards and in the drawn game against Mayo in the semi-final he came on and had a huge impact. He won an important free and then won the ball for James Donoghue's goal.
"From there on, his season really took off. He was huge in the replay in Limerick and had a massive All-Ireland final.
"He was that kind of person who bided his time but when he did get his chance he wasn't going to pass it up.
"He was absolutely central to that win in 2014."