Ciarán Whelan is critical of the process the Kerry county board are engaging in, requiring Peter Keane to reapply for the senior manager's job, adding that both parties should have first sat down and reviewed his time in charge.

Of course many in the Kingdom were hoping that Sam Maguire would be back residing in the county after a gap of seven years. The Green and Gold impressed in notching up high scores during the Allianz League, and then cast Clare, Tipperary and Cork aside with the minimum of fuss in the Munster campaign.

An All-Ireland semi-final date then loomed with Tyrone, a side whose preparations had been affected by a Covid outbreak within the camp.

Dublin fell to Mayo on the other side of the draw, raising expectations even more that Kerry were on track for ultimate glory. It wasn't to be, however, as Tyrone proved more than doughty opponents in their last-four encounter.

The Red Hand were well worth their win by the bare minimum. And so Peter Keane's three-year run in charge had come to an end. There was much debate as to whether winning two leagues, two Munster titles and reaching an All-Ireland final would be enough to persuade the powers that be that he should get an extension.

What has transpired is the appointment of a sub-committee to determine the next senior Kerry manager. Keane will have to re-apply for the role.

Other contenders have come into the mix, with former manager Jack O'Connor recently resigning as Kildare manager, not long after saying the Kerry job still had a "lure".

Kerry's Eye reported that a combination of Seamus Moynihan and Donie Buckley are eager to contend for the manager's position.

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Speaking on the RTÉ GAA Podcast, Ciarán Whelan has a degree of sympathy for the way Peter Keane is now being treated.

"It's amazing the county board didn't have a sit down with Peter Keane and have a review of the three years," he said.

"They should have asked him where are we at and what are your plans? The process they are engaging in is disrespectful to Keane. Simple basic respect, you go about the process in an appropriate manner. If they don't want him as manager, at least deal with it in the right way. Having to reapply for the job, I don't get that."

Whelan, like most observers, believes "all the ingredients are there" for Kerry to go on and make that step to reclaim Sam Maguire.

"It's a job that lots of people would want, all they require are a few tweaks, okay they do lack that hard edge but that is something they can work on and solve. The talent in Kerry is incredible. That's why Jack O'Connor sees this as a massive opportunity and is thinking that I could be on to something here if I go back and do it.

"Eamonn Fitzmaurice could come back into the equation, maybe convince Donie Buckley to come back down the road from Monaghan."

In terms of Kerry looking for that little bit more, well the perception that they are easy to play through has gained much traction since the loss to Tyrone.

"It's all very nice and all very open," was Dessie Dolan's summation.

In further accentuating his point, the former Westmeath star added: "If you look at the team that was winning All-Irelands with Tomás Ó Sé, Paul Galvin and Tom O'Sullivan, they had very good game-management and very good leaders on the pitch. It looks like a team devoid of leaders at the minute."

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