Ross Lyon has revealed Carlton president Luke Sayers was “surprised” by his decision to pull out of the running for the Carlton coaching role but says he has “no regrets” about this.
Lyon had been seen as one of the leading candidates for the job until he opted out of the process last week.
As reported by The Age, the Blues have Chris and Brad Scott as two of the leading candidates, coming after Lyon ruled himself out of contention.
“I feel settled. I certainly have no regrets on anything, it was interesting to be back in the arena for a sense for a brief period,” Lyon said on Footy Classified.
“It’s sort of a moot point [why Lyon pulled out]. Even I haven’t got both sides of the story fully, the only one that has everything is Luke Sayers because he has conversations with me and his board.”
Having missed out on four-time Hawthorn premiership coach Alastair Clarkson, who maintains he wants a year off, the Blues’ coaching sub-committee is determined to conduct a proper process to replace David Teague.
Lyon, who led St Kilda and Fremantle into grand finals, hinted he had not been keen to go through the full series of interviews.
“I knew when I put my hand up what would be coming over the fence and there’s a lot of noise, everyone’s got an opinion,” he said.
“All the media commentators saying my ego was stroked and I didn’t want to go through a process, none of that’s completely accurate. But I’ll take what I know with me and just leave it at that.
“I made no assumptions, there were no promises. I asked Luke I think the day before [pulling out] for clarity on the subcommittee and the process and then I woke up and, as I said to Luke, reflected on all the conversations and what was happening in the media and said: ‘I’m out’, which took Luke by surprise, but that’s fine.
“I said: ‘Mate, no regrets, I wish you all the best’.”
Brad Scott is weighing up whether to formally join the Blues’ process, for he is also firmly in the running to be the AFL’s new football operations boss, although that role could be split into two. Blues football manager Brad Lloyd spoke with Scott last week.
Chris Scott is contracted for next season with the Cats but the Blues will check his interest once the Cats’ finals campaign is over. Cats chief executive Brian Cook is weighing up an offer to join the Blues.
Port Adelaide assistant Michael Voss and Richmond assistant Adam Kingsley are also on the Blues’ short list. However, coaching great Leigh Matthews maintains the Blues should continue to pursue Clarkson over the coming weeks in case he is already refreshed and changes his mind.
As reported by The Age, the Blues are keen to follow the interview process used by Collingwood and North Melbourne in their coaching hunts. This led to the Kangaroos appointing David Noble last year, and Craig McRae winning the Magpies’ job last week.
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