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Bernard Flynn: I haven’t just picked my friends for Meath U20 backroom team

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“Everyone has a job to do, I didn’t just pick them because they’re mates or friends.”

Bernard Flynn has dismissed suggestions he has picked his mates for his backroom team to take over the Meath Under 20 Gaelic footballers.

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Bernard Flynn

Flynn was speaking after being announced as the new underage coach for his native county.

This is his first inter-county management role and he has agreed an initial two-year-deal with the county board.

On the former Meath footballer’s coaching ticket are Meath legends Graham Geraghty and Graham Reilly, former Mayo ladies boss Peter Leahy, ex-Dublin and Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple and Kilmacud Crokes manager Robbie Brennan.

However, the new boss insisted that all members of the new backroom team had a vital role to play and weren’t just picked on the basis of being “mates or friends.”

Flynn told LMFM Radio: “Everyone has a job to do, I didn’t just pick them because they’re mates or friends.

“I saw a specific role for each of them where they can contribute.”

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Meath legends

Graham Geraghty’s inclusion was perhaps the most surprising given the health scare he received just three months ago.

Flynn continued: “I’ve been chatting with Graham for a good while, about his rehab. We’ve got to be careful but he was thrilled to come on board.”

The two-time All-Ireland winner also tried to secure the services of legendary Royals boss Sean Boylan.

However, Boylan had already agreed to a role with the Down Under-20s and couldn’t be persuaded to change his mind.

“I tried for about three days to get his head turned and to maybe do a U-turn,” Flynn explained.

“I feel he should be involved in every underage Meath squad in some capacity.”

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Expectations

Given Meath winning a 2018 Leinster minor title, expectations are high. Although, Flynn doesn’t want to put his team, or himself, under too much pressure.

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