Ross Lyon withdraws from contention for Carlton AFL coaching job

Ross Lyon will not coach the Carlton Football Club in the 2022 season after pulling out of contention for the job.

ABC Sport has been told the former St Kilda and Fremantle coach informed the Blues this morning that he would withdraw from the selection process.

Lyon was a hot favourite after expressing interest in the role made vacant by the long-awaited sacking of David Teague.

Lyon did not think he should have to go through the selection process, a source inside the club told the ABC.

Lyon’s decision comes after another contender, Alastair Clarkson, said he would be taking a break from football next year after leaving his post at Hawthorn after more than a decade in the role.

The Blues have put together a panel to hunt down their new leader, with new director of football and former club champion Greg Williams heading up the coaching sub-committee alongside Blues legend David Parkin.

The hunt to secure a new coach would take between 30 and 45 days, according to new president Luke Sayers.

On Wednesday night, Lyon said he had reached out to Sayers to discuss what was involved with the selection process.

Last month, Lyon revealed he had rebuffed an approach from Collingwood in the wake of Nathan Buckley’s departure.

At the time, Lyon said he was not interested in the vacant Magpies job but that Carlton had appeal.

“If an opportunity arose, and I say that with the greatest of respect for Carlton and they rang me, I would entertain it, but I also understand I don’t have tickets on myself,” Lyon told Channel Nine.

The Blues axed Teague as part of a highly publicised review of its football department, which had been commissioned after another poor season that saw the club finish 13th and miss out on finals again.

One of the oldest clubs in the AFL, Carlton has missed the finals for the past eight seasons, which has included two wooden spoons, and has not won a premiership since 1995.

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