God that’s awful begrudging claptrap.
He went to 3 counties with no recent success and, in each of them, they achieved their best results for up to 80 years.
Nonsense to suggest, he had nothing to lose.
After 8 AI titles with Kerry, he could have failed in Laois, Kildare or Wicklow… if he’d achieved nothing in each of those 3 counties, people would have said “sure, it was the players in kerry that made him great”. He had everything to lose but a lot to gain by showing that even in unsuccessful counties he could prove his mantle as best manager ever.