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“He’s got a steel about him now”: Garry Lyon endorses Adem Yze for senior role


Melbourne assistant Adem Yze is ready to take over his own team, Garry Lyon believes.

Yze began his coaching career with Hawthorn in a development role, and took over the Hawks’ backline from Luke Beveridge when the incumbent won the Western Bulldogs’ senior role.

Having more recently performed a match day tactics and opposition analysis role for Hawthorn, the 43-year-old was in demand last summer before signing on with the Demons.

At present he guides the midfield at Melbourne, where he played 271 games, won a best and fairest in 2001 and All-Australian selection in 2002.

“I think you’d be derelict in your duties if you were a club in the hunt for a coach and weren’t talking to him,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

“He was at Hawthorn for nine years under Alastair Clarkson, he’s rounded out his footy education.

“He’s got some presence, the ball movement stuff he’s done at Melbourne has been really important.

“He looks to me like he’s ready.”

Tim Watson pondered another essential component for a senior coach.

“And man-management wise? He always came across as a shy sort of guy,” Watson recalled.

“No, not now,” Lyon added emphatically.

“He’s got a steel about him now. He’ll be right in the frame for any job.

“It’s a bit hard when you’re part of a Grand Final. Hopefully, from a Carlton point of view, they’re going through their process…

“I heard Greg Williams say they have a shortlist… I wonder whether he would be on that.”


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