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“What a load of BS”: Ex-Saint endorses Lyon for North Melbourne coaching job


North Melbourne should reach out to former St Kilda and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon, according to Brendon Goddard.

SEN’s Sam Edmund reported on Tuesday that the Kangaroos have drawn up a list of 10 candidates to be their next senior coach after Rhyce Shaw parted ways with the club.

Paul Roos looks set to join the Roos and will have a role to play on the newly-formed coaching panel.

Goddard says reuniting Roos and Lyon makes sense given the pair masterminded Sydney’s drought-breaking premiership in 2005.

“If I’m North Melbourne, I’m definitely making a phone call, especially if you’re getting Paul Roos in,” Goddard told Trade Mornings on AFL Trade Radio.

“It’s well known that their relationship is really strong, and their history is really strong. Imagine those two working (together) side by side?”

Goddard also rubbished suggestions that Lyon isn’t capable of rebuilding a list like North Melbourne’s.

“And all this talk about Ross Lyon not being able to go through a rebuild … what a load of BS,” he said.

“He’s got the ability to turn the club around quicker than anyone I know. I’ve obviously experienced it, I know what he’s like.

“Even talking to people at Fremantle and the job that he did there and his ability to adapt and evolve into a Gen Y and Gen Z coach and man management; how he deals with players these days, delegating more.

“He’s changed a lot and he’s a smart man. He evolves with the times.”

Lyon guided the Saints and Dockers to four Grand Finals in 2009, 2010, 2010 (replay) and 2013 but the ultimate success eluded him.

North Melbourne

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