Ross Lyon has pulled out of the race for the Carlton coaching job, according to a report on the Herald Sun.
Lyon was the favourite to replace David Teague, especially after expressing interest in it before Teague was sacked last week.
The former St Kilda and Fremantle coach contacted Carlton president Luke Sayers on Thursday to say he was no longer interested, the Herald Sun reported.
Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson had previously ruled himself out of contention, as Brad Scott shaped as a contender.
On Wednesday, Carlton announced they had appointed a six-person sub-committee to find a new coach.
Football director Greg Williams will lead the process alongside fellow directors Tim Lincoln and Patty Kinnersly, three-time premiership coach David Parkin, CEO Cain Liddle and head of football Brad Lloyd.
Lyon was asked on Footy Classified if anything had changed because of the sub-committee and replied: “I was watching the news and what was being released so I reached out to Luke today and we connected and said ‘just want some clarity’.”
He said he had been contacted by Carlton initially.
“I’m confident in my abilities. I’ve been to two clubs (and made) cultural change for want of a better term and (improved) performance,” Lyon said.
“It’s very difficult to get a group to give the effort St Kilda and Fremantle have done if you can’t create a dynamic and a chemistry.
“At the end of the day it’s up for people to decide. It’s come through my door, I haven’t been out looking for it.”
Caroline Wilson reported the Blues have contacted Scott, who was believed to be heading to the AFL as its operations boss.
“This is not the Carlton Football Club appointing Ross Lyon, which is the way we thought Luke Sayers was leaning,” she said.
“I don’t know if Brad Scott is going to put himself into this process but I know there has been some interest from Carlton.
“We know about Alastair Clarkson in the past. People keep saying he’s in, I don’t think he is. They’re the only two names (Scott and Lyon) that I know about.”
Lyon was criticised by Teague’s manager Liam Pickering for what he described as a ‘pretty grubby’ interview last month in which Lyon said he would take a call if it came from Carlton.
“We have blokes going on television on Wednesday night jockeying for his job,” Pickering told SEN.
“I don’t know what that was from Ross Lyon, it was like a job interview to me. It was pretty grubby.
“I thought it was a grubby thing, it was a set-up interview. It was pretty poor really.
“I am 100 per cent [Lyon] had dialogue with Carlton already, he was talking very smugly the other night. He didn’t want to be disrespectful to David Teague and then went on a five-minute rant about why he’d be a great man for the job.
“I get angrier than this stuff than Teague does, I don’t think you treat people the way he’s been treated this year. It’s poor.”
Teague was sacked a week ago leavng the club searching for a fifth coach in nine years and drawing widespread criticism.
“You wonder who’s running the footy club at Carlton,” AFL legend Leigh Matthews told 3AW.
“I must say, from the outside, whoever’s running that football club has got no idea how to run a football club.”