Former Kerry All-Ireland winner Darran O'Sullivan believes Jack O'Connor's availability after departing the Kildare job adds to the pressure on the Kingdom's county board as they ponder the future of incumbent Peter Keane.

The latter's tenure has come under scrutiny in the wake of Kerry's All-Ireland semi-final defeat, less than a year after they fell to a shock defeat to Cork at the first hurdle in the 2020 Munster Championship.

Ex-Kerry manager O'Connor, who guided the county to 2004, 2006 and 2009 All-Ireland glory, is a potential contender for the role, especially after leaving his position in charge of Kildare on Monday.

Speaking to RTÉ's Game On, O'Sullivan said his initial view was that Keane would get another 12 months in charge but that expectation had shifted this week.

"My gut feeling was that Peter would very luckily get another year in charge. I thought they'd just give him an extra year on the basis that two of his three years have been Covid-interrupted," he said.

"I think with Jack pulling out of the Kildare job, it puts pressure on the county board because you do have a ready-made replacement ready to go.

"It's a great opportunity to bring in one of the younger former players that we have now that are dipping their toes into management and giving them a role with Jack where they can learn the ropes."

Kerry manager Peter Keane

He added that, "I couldn't see Jack giving up the Kildare job if he didn't feel he had a fierce chance of getting that Kerry job again."

But O'Sullivan also feels that whatever decision Kerry's county board come to, it must be "done and dusted by the end of September, start of October" for the players' benefit.

O'Sullivan also tipped Mayo to win Saturday's All-Ireland final against Tyrone.

"I'll stick with Mayo. I just think they've got great energy, great pace," he said.

"I don't think Mayo will cough up goals like Kerry did and if you don't cough up goals against them, are (Tyrone) going to hit 20 points? I don't think so.

"Kerry created an awful lot of scoring chances against Tyrone and on another day they would have taken more.

"So I'm just leaning towards Mayo. I've got a gut feeling about them for quite a while and I think they can do it this year."

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