Ross Lyon to withdraw from Carlton concert, Carlton news

Ross Lyon has reportedly stepped down from Carlton’s vacant head coach position. Photo: Gary Day / AAP

Ross Lyon has retired from the race for the head coach position at Carlton.

The 54-year-old appeared to be the frontrunner after Alastair Clarkson announced he would take a year’s sabbatical from coaching, but it looks like Lyon will not take the Blues’ reigns either according to numerous reports.

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The news comes just a day after Lyon hinted they would not be too willing to go through a selection process after Carlton confirmed his six-person committee to firm up the club’s search for David Teague’s successor.

“I have confidence in my abilities,” Lyon told Footy Classified on Wednesday.

“I went to two clubs (and made) a cultural change, for lack of a better tenure and (improved) performance.

“It’s very difficult to get a band to put in the effort that St Kilda and Fremantle put in if you can’t create momentum and chemistry.

Ross Lyon is said to have withdrawn from the race for the head coach position at Carlton.  Photo: Quinn Rooney / Getty Images
Ross Lyon is said to have withdrawn from the race for the head coach position at Carlton. Photo: Quinn Rooney / Getty Images

“At the end of the day, it’s up to people to decide.

“He walked through my door, I didn’t go looking for him. “

The opening of the head coach job at Carlton came following a thorough review of the club’s football operations, and Teague was one of several dominoes to fall as a result of the report.

With a selection committee including three-time coach David Parkin, Lyon were intrigued by how the process would work, but hinted that there was nothing set in stone just yet.

“He (Luke Sayers, chairman of Carlton) said that we were finalizing (and) putting the finishing touches on what they clearly did with the panel,” said Lyon.

“Then the other part is what the process looks like, because it’s just a word.

“Everyone has a process, but what’s in there, the mechanics, what needs to be delivered – that’s what I don’t know.

“So sit down because I said I was interested in the process.

“But I have to make sure that I adapt to the process.”

Lyon led St Kilda and Fremantle to grand final appearances during his 300-game coaching career, but have been out of work since being sacked by the Dockers in 2019.

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