It had already been a year of coaching changes in the AFL, but Ross Lyon’s sudden departure from Fremantle on Tuesday caught must of us off guard.
He joins North Melbourne’s Brad Scott, Carlton’s Brendon Bolton and St Kilda’s Alan Richardson in failing to see out this season.
In some ways, Lyon’s departure makes a lot of sense – but the timing of it raises so many question marks.
To get to the bottom of it, we were joined in studio by Roar AFL expert and editor Stirling Coates on the Game of Codes podcast, as we tried to work out just what’s going on at Freo.
Listen to the discussion:
Lyon, originally an assistant with Richmond, Carlton and Sydney, joined St Kilda in 2007. He led the Saints to consecutive grand finals in 2009 and 2010 and, while he wasn’t able to win the flag, left with the highest winning percentage as a coach in club history.
His departure, however, was incredibly controversial. He sensationally defected to Fremantle after the 2011 season, blindsiding his old club and earning the vitriol of St Kilda supporters forever.
His first your years at the Dockers were superb, but four years of failure saw him shown the door earlier this week.