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Lyon turned down North approach for coaching job

Lyon said the decision not to pursue the Kangaroos job was purely based on his current mindset, and he wasn’t entertaining coaching anywhere in 2021.

He said if he was ready and fully invested to go back into coaching, then he’d be interested in going to Arden Street.

“Yeah I think so, why not,” he said.

“They’ve bottomed out, they know where they’re at, they are going to get all of their kids through and hopefully they’re all aligned and they’ll commit.”

Lyon coached 163 games, including three grand finals, with the Saints and Dockers for a winning percentage of 58.

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He is likely to be one of the first calls made by any club looking for a senior coach in the coming years.

Lyon has spent his first year out of coaching working in the media, where he has appeared as a regular on Nine’s Footy Classified.

North Melbourne announced their coaching selection panel last week, headlined by former Sydney and Melbourne coach Paul Roos.

Roos is joined by North boss Ben Amarfio, Rawlings, board member and football director Glenn Archer, board member Sonja Hood and Centre for Leadership Advantage co-founder and director Terry Coyne.

Sources close to North Melbourne indicated former Brisbane coach Michael Voss, Richmond assistant Adam Kingsley and Collingwood assistant Robert Harvey were all likely to be considered for the job.

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