Daniel Flynn was just a youngster when Kieran McGeeney was in charge of his native county Kildare, but has fond memories of Geezer.
The Lilywhites attacker spoke highly of Geezer’s impact on The GAA Social podcast last week.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Kieran,” said Flynn who came up against McGeeney’s Armagh during this year’s National league.
“Take the management thing aside, he’s probably up there with the best person that you’d ever meet, as a man.
“And he’s had a huge impact on me but also that under-21 team of 2013 and anyone around Kildare that was on the team at that stage.
“He could pick the phone up and a lot of people would still go through the wall for him down here. Not often you could say that about someone.”
McGeeney left the Leinster County in controversy circumstances when the Kildare clubs voted for his dismissal.
Flynn recalled the feeling in the team at that stage and how close they were to walking away in protest.
“It definitely came from Kildare rather than Kieran as far as I remember, I was young at the time. I wasn’t impressed, I wasn’t happy with it.
“We wanted him to stay, all the players wanted him to stay as far I as know. I don’t know what happened, but I don’t think it was above board.
“It was a club vote, but I think every, hurling clubs and handball clubs got a vote. The only thing for the players to do in that situation is to walk out and say we’re not going to play.
“It did, it got to that stage. I was a junior member on the team at that stage, so I don’t know the ins and outs of it.
“It was ’13 so it’s nearly ten years ago now. I don’t remember what happened, but it was definitely mentioned and we definitely had a meeting and stuff like that.”