Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has hit back at Brownlow medallist and 6PR radio broadcaster Brad Hardie’s claims he approached Collingwood about becoming their next coach.
Lyon, who is contracted at the Dockers until the end of 2020, described Hardie’s comments that he was “rejected” for the Magpies job as “a complete fabrication and a falsehood”.
“I am bitterly disappointed that such so called journalism even sees the light of day,” Lyon said in a club statement.
“I have contacted Brad Hardie directly and voiced my disgust at his comments.
“They are totally without foundation and not based on fact in anyway, shape or form.
“Such an erroneous and reckless claim should be exposed for what it is – a complete fabrication and a falsehood.
“It is also important for our members and supporters to know that I couldn’t be more be committed to what we are trying to achieve as a club at the Fremantle Dockers.
“I can assure our members and supporters that I am totally focused on returning the club to sustained finals success.”
Dockers CEO Steve Rosich said Lyon had made it “very clear” he was committed to the club.
“Our club has a policy of not responding to rumour and innuendo, however in this case, because the report is utterly false and personal in nature, we felt compelled as a club to issue today’s statement,” Rosich said.
“Ross is contracted to the club through to the end of the 2020 season and has made it very clear that he is firmly committed to his role as senior coach of the Fremantle Football Club.
“His sole focus is on returning the team to a pathway of sustained finals success.
“Ross’ application and dedication to what we are trying to achieve as a club has not wavered and can not be questioned.”
Lyon suffered his biggest loss as a senior coach yesterday, with the Dockers copping a 104-point hiding at the hands of Sydney at the SCG.
It was the second triple-figure defeat of his coaching career, with the first coming against Adelaide (100 points) back in May.
Fremantle are currently 14th on the AFL ladder with an 8-12 record.
More to come.