This is it for me.Ultimately you want a flag. I’m not sure Lyon’s method can deliver a flag, we might make finals next year with him in charge. Maybe a prelim 2021. But I’m not sure he had the method to get a flag. That’s why I think they sacked him. The upswing is coming, but the flag maybe isn’t.
The Board have been extremely bold and said even if we improve next year, a Lyon coached team won't have what it takes to win a flag. I'm sure if Lyon had stayed, and we fixed up our S&C performance, we would have played finals next year and possibly even been top 4 again in 2021 or thereabouts. The Board is saying they want more.
Is it the right call? Who knows...only time will tell and until then all talk is purely subjective. Regardless, it's certainly not a conservative decision.
I liken it to when the dirty birds got rid of Woosha. He'd had success with them (like Lyon), had been at the club for a long time (like Lyon), was perceived as being stubborn and set in his ways (like Lyon). The club made a bold decision to let him go and bring in a young, untried coach, who they hoped would provide a fresh perspective and game plan, and it worked.
I'm deadset keen to get behind someone like JLo and hope to see a revitalised playing group, who embrace a new and refreshed game plan and who seem to be developing and really enjoying their footy.
Of course dangers exist in this strategy, but timid teams don't win flags.