Jerry Wallace has ruled himself out of the running to become the new Kerry senior hurling boss, leaving the county board to look elsewhere for a man to succeed John Meyler.
Kerry have been without a manager since Meyler, father of Sunderland footballer David, resigned in May following a Christy Ring Cup defeat.
Wallace had a strange summer in the north with Antrim, where he resigned after the All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Westmeath following a spat with RTE, before returning weeks later as a selector and leaving again just days later.
The bizarre scenario involving Wallace sent shockwaves around Antrim and the normally proud hurling county had a disappointing and farcical summer, making very little inroads in Leinster or the All-Ireland.
They did however win the Ulster Final comfortably against Derry but they know they have bigger fish to fry, with all due respect to Derry hurling.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Wallace said: “I withdrew last week, as I have personal considerations to look after in the upcoming 12 months. I will not be seen on any inter-county line for the year ahead.”
The Cork native had been viewed as an ideal replacement for Meyler but Kerry will now be focusing attention elsewhere as they seek a replacement for the former All-Ireland winner.
Kingdom officials say they hope to have a new manager in place by the time the county final between Lixnaw and Ballyduff takes place on the 30th September.