Ross Lyon turns down offer to apply for Essendon AFL head coach role

Ross Lyon has rejected overtures from Essendon, saying there was “no vibe” to become the AFL club’s next men’s head coach.

Lyon opted against throwing his hat into the ring to replace Ben Rutten, who was sacked last month.

“I can’t articulate why,” Lyon told Triple M radio.

“Sometimes it’s just … it wasn’t vibrating. There was no vibe.

“I am a million per cent out.”

Lyon, previously coached Fremantle and St Kilda, was approached by the Bombers’ football manager, Josh Mahoney.

“Off the bat, I said, ‘look, I don’t feel it’s the right fit for me, but can you just explain what it is?’,” Lyon said.

“And he [Mahoney] was really good. Really simply, they’re going to have five or six candidates, [with] at least two steps, maybe three.

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