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    Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has angrily denied he approached Collingwood about becoming their next senior AFL coach.

    Brownlow medallist Brad Hardie claimed Lyon approached the Magpies to enquire about the possibility of taking over from under-pressure coach Nathan Buckley.

    Hardie claims Collingwood rejected Lyon’s approach.

    The Dockers released a statement on Sunday dismissing the “spurious claims”.

    Collingwood are set to miss the finals for a fourth year in a row, and Buckley’s future remains unclear.

    Lyon is contracted with Fremantle until the end of 2020, and says he has no thoughts of leaving.

    The veteran coach was disgusted by Hardie’s claims on Perth radio.

    “I am bitterly disappointed that such so called journalism even sees the light of day,” Lyon said.

    “I have contacted Brad Hardie directly and voiced my disgust at his comments.

    “They are totally without foundation and not based on fact in any way, shape or form.

    “Such an erroneous and reckless claim should be exposed for what it is – a complete fabrication and a falsehood.

    “It is also important for our members and supporters to know that I couldn’t be more be committed to what we are trying to achieve as a club at the Fremantle Dockers.

    “I can assure our members and supporters that I am totally focused on returning the club to sustained finals success.”

    Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said the club has a policy of not responding to rumour and innuendo.

    “However in this case, because the report is utterly false and personal in nature, we felt compelled as a club to issue today’s statement,” Rosich said.

    Hardie’s claims gained traction because of the way Lyon left St Kilda to join Fremantle at the end of 2011.

    The Dockers sensationally axed then-Dockers coach Mark Harvey in order to lure Lyon their way.

    The Saints were left stunned by Lyon’s defection, and the senior coach copped widespread criticism over the move.

    But he has since established himself as Fremantle’s most successful coach, guiding the club to a grand final in 2013.

    Fremantle are currently in the second year of a rebuild after their premiership window shut abruptly early last season.

    They sit in 14th spot with an 8-12 record.

    The Dockers put in one of their worst performances of the year on Saturday in a 104-point loss to Sydney at the SCG.

    But they have been largely competitive in most games this season, even pushing heavyweights Geelong and GWS all the way in recent months.

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    • August 13th 2017 @ 4:36pm
      jonboy said | August 13th 2017 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

      Why would he leave,easy money where he is ,no pressure club thinks he is doing a good job,if he went to the Pies he won’t get away with players not contributing week after week as has been the case since he arrived at freo. But extending contracts to Sandilands,Ballantyne,Pearce,Johnsonand others will brlng his Downfall and these players WONT take you into a GF. Next year will be his last at freo All due respect to Johnson he has had a pretty good year like Hodge, Riewoldt and co. He needs to make way for youth.

      • August 14th 2017 @ 9:01am
        Don Freo said | August 14th 2017 @ 9:01am | ! Report

        Jonboy, are you not seeing the team that plays every week? Youth everywhere…was it 12 players with less than 50 games on Saturday?

        Indeed, Freo had only 4 of its senior squad playing at Peel on Saturday. The rest are in the AFL, injured or on the Rookie list.

        I’m sure Ross would love to play Blakely, Langdon, Alex Pearce or Apeness. Do you know why he isn’t? I can tell you if you’d like. The same reason he’d like to play Sunny, Sandi, Crozier, Spurr…

        Smile. Harley Bennell returns to the AFL this week.

    • August 13th 2017 @ 6:14pm
      Mattyb said | August 13th 2017 @ 6:14pm | ! Report

      Hardie would have to have one of the worst reputations as a journalist going around. Lyon has just started a new long term contract so he’s obviously reasonably happy. No disrespect to Collingwood but I’d much rather Fremantles list,a couple of genuine stars a a host of bright kids coming through. There’s a little bit of tidying up to do but that’s mainly due to age which effects all clubs.

      • August 13th 2017 @ 8:46pm
        Joe B said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:46pm | ! Report

        Is Hardie actually a journalist, or a “journalist”?
        I think he is just an air quote journalist.

      • August 14th 2017 @ 8:29am
        truetigerfan said | August 14th 2017 @ 8:29am | ! Report

        No disrespect, Mattyb . . . but contracts mean nothing. Ross was, as I’m sure you remember, under contract at St Kilda when he defected under the cover of darkness.

        • August 14th 2017 @ 9:23am
          Mattyb said | August 14th 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

          Tigersfan,agree AFL contracts mean very little I more meant Lyon recently signing shows he’s happy in Perth. Wasn’t he out of contract when he left St.Kilda though?

          • August 14th 2017 @ 9:45am
            truetigerfan said | August 14th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

            Lyon was contracted until 2012 but had an out clause which he exercised.

            • August 14th 2017 @ 11:38am
              Mattyb said | August 14th 2017 @ 11:38am | ! Report

              Yeah,that is how I remember it now you mention it,cheers.

        • August 16th 2017 @ 11:58am
          GJ said | August 16th 2017 @ 11:58am | ! Report

          Lyon didn’t break his contract though. He did exercise a clause that was included to allow him to leave. From memory he had lost a huge amount of money (somewhere, investment gone bad?) and St Kilda had been delaying offering him a new contract to terms. He decided to take the financial security along with a move and fresh start that Fremantle offered.

    • August 13th 2017 @ 9:23pm
      Ken said | August 13th 2017 @ 9:23pm | ! Report

      Why would Collingwood want him??

      • August 14th 2017 @ 8:21am
        truetigerfan said | August 14th 2017 @ 8:21am | ! Report

        Well they obviously need someone to sort out the collective mess that is Collingwood! Ross fits the bill.

    • August 13th 2017 @ 9:39pm
      Bravo said | August 13th 2017 @ 9:39pm | ! Report

      I think it has somthing to do with them both being very good at being Bridesmaids

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      August 14th 2017 @ 1:20am
      AdelaideDocker said | August 14th 2017 @ 1:20am | ! Report

    • August 14th 2017 @ 8:47am
      Don Freo said | August 14th 2017 @ 8:47am | ! Report

      Brad Hardie is trying to revive a finished radio career.

      There’s no scenario where such an enquiry could ever happen. Brad Hardie is thinking with the clarity he engages in a TAB.

      In the lasy year, Hardie and his mate,Hagdorn, have had Lyon ringing Eddie, Fyfe leaving, Ballas wanting to go to WC (he never even requested it), Bennell never to play again (he even said Bennell no longer trains). No wonder Ross boycotts 6PR and no wonder 6PR shuffled Hardie off his midweek show.

      • August 14th 2017 @ 4:04pm
        Peter the Scribe said | August 14th 2017 @ 4:04pm | ! Report

        They should take the clowns media accreditation away for his rubbish.

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