Kieran McGeeney flattered by a certain columnist's "obsession" with him 6 years ago

Kieran McGeeney flattered by a certain columnist's "obsession" with him

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney faced the media on Thursday night knowing what would be the main topic of conversation.

No, not Armagh's upcoming qualifier clash with Laois. Rather the views of a pundit, whose attacks in print and on screen against the former All-Ireland winning captain provoked the Armagh county board into issuing a response on RTE television last Sunday.

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"The more you talk about him, the happier he is," McGeeney said of the pundit, according to the Irish Examiner.

"That's what it's all about.

"He likes to be the centre of attention and that's grand. Let him batter away."

The pundit in question accused the Orchard County of "swearing allegiance to the cult of Geezer" and suggested he was the reason several Crossmaglen players are not lining out for the intercounty team this year.

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Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Kingspan Breffni Park, Co. Cavan 29/5/2016 Cavan vs Armagh Michael Argue of Cavan with Joe McElroy of Armagh Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

"I don't really know what I can say about it," said McGeeney, who was responding to comments made before, during and after Armagh's Ulster SFC defeat to Cavan.

"I can't stop people having opinions and if people want to dress opinions up as facts, that's a different thing.

"I am not really into facilitating people's obsessions with things."

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Despite the personal nature of the attacks, former Kildare boss McGeeney seems determined not to hold a grudge.

"I am sure he is a nice fella. I've met him a couple of times and he seems grand, but he likes to be the centre of attention.

"Honestly, it is water off a duck's back to me."

How very magnanimous.

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