Tim Watson and Garry Lyon have identified the coaches they would have liked to have played under during their careers.
Former Essendon captain Watson played under Kevin Sheedy for most of his time with the Bombers but also spent his early years under the tutelage of Bill Stephen and Barry Davis.
If he had the option to play under three other coaches, who would they have been?
“I would loved to have been coached by Allan Jeans,” he said on SEN Breakfast.
“I got to know ‘Yabby’ post my career. I think he was great in that motivational, man-management sense.
“I would have loved to be coached by (Ron) Barassi too, to understand what he was all about.
“If I was a young man, I would have loved to be coached by (Mark) Bomber Thompson.”
Ex-Melbourne skipper Lyon shared Watson's intrigue with St Kilda and Hawthorn premiership coach Jeans.
“Allan Jeans. You mix with a lot of those Hawthorn blokes and they just revered him, loved him,” he said.
“I always had a thought that what Mick Malthouse had with his players, this bond and love for him which was unequivocal. I would have loved to experience that to see how he went about building that sort of connection with his playing group.”
But regardless, Lyon insists he was lucky enough to play under a trio of great and different Demons coaches.
“I had three different coaches. So I got to experience (different coaching),” he added.
“I had John Northey who as a superb motivator and team builder.
“I had Neil Balme who was just a great pragmatist and Neale Daniher who was absolutely superb at the end.”
Listen to Watson and Lyon discuss coaches below: