AFL greats blast Carlton's 'mistreatment' of Lyon

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AFL greats David King and Leigh Montagna person taken purpose astatine Carlton's hunt for a caller caput manager aft starring campaigner Ross Lyon withdrew from the process.

Lyon, a erstwhile caput manager with St Kilda and Fremantle, informed the Blues yesterday that helium was nary longer funny successful the role contempt reports Carlton president Luke Sayers had indicated to associates that the unsigned manager was his beardown penchant aft the brace engaged successful a lengthy speech past week.

According to The Age, Lyon's determination comes arsenic the Blues look to marque a last-ditch play for legendary manager Alastair Clarkson, who precocious revealed he plans to instrumentality a twelvemonth retired of the crippled pursuing his exit astatine Hawthorn.

King, who won 2 premierships with North Melbourne, said the Blues had "mistreated" Lyon aft sounding him retired for the relation earlier taking a caller approach.

"The extremity end is to get the close manager for your shot club," King told Fox Footy's AFL 360.

Ross Lyon (Getty)

"Would Ross person been the close coach? He tin decidedly coach, we cognize that. Would helium beryllium the close acceptable for Carlton?

"They've decided to marque it hard for him and spell done a process helium didn't privation to undertake. That's his call, that's his decision. I deliberation the president sold him the pup.

"You can't person a 45-minute speech with idiosyncratic astir coming for the occupation without virtually offering the job. Just propulsion different 1 connected the heap that has been mistreated successful this. I anticipation they get the determination close now."

Lyon's storied past successful the AFL is good documented. Joining the Sydney Swans successful 2004 arsenic the club's midfield coach, helium was instrumental successful helping the nine marque back-to-back expansive finals successful 2005 and 2006. They won the premiership successful 2005.

Ross Lyon coaching the Dockers during the 2013 AFL Grand Final (Getty)

Having tasted premiership occurrence with Sydney, Lyon joined St Kilda successful 2007 for his archetypal occupation arsenic caput coach, doubly taking them wrong a whisker of a premiership successful expansive last losses successful 2009 and 2010.

He past joined the Dockers successful 2012, which started with 4 consecutive seasons of finals shot including a expansive last quality successful 2013. He was sacked successful 2019 pursuing 4 consecutive years retired of the finals.

With Carlton past making the finals successful 2013, Montagna said helium was shocked the Blues opted against bringing successful a manager with a resume stacked with finals appearances.

"I deliberation they request a manager similar Ross Lyon," helium said.

"I deliberation they request idiosyncratic that has that antiaircraft mindset, creates a winning civilization with precocious accountability, a beardown show culture. I deliberation Ross would've been cleanable for that group.

"That is wherefore I'm truthful surprised. In my view, I deliberation they've made a repast of it.

"From Ross' perspective, helium was reasoning either you privation maine oregon you don't. I deliberation we've seen capable of Ross' grounds implicit 13 years, 3 expansive finals, a mates of different prelims, I'm not definite what other they needed to see."

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