Sack Ross Lyon as Fremantle Coach
Sack Ross Lyon as Fremantle Coach
When Ross Lyon was given a 5 year contract extension by the Fremantle Football Club following a successful 2015 campaign where they finished first on the ladder, fans were excited about the news and were looking forward to greater success.
Little did they know that it will turn out to be one of, if not the biggest mistake that the club has has made in its' 25 year history. The Round 1, 2016 hiding from the Western Bulldogs was the beginning of signs of things to come. It followed by another nine straight losses, and a season which saw Fremantle only win four games. The following two seasons saw the Dockers finish with 8 wins and 14 losses.
Season 2019 looked promising with away wins against GWS and Collingwood, and the Dockers well placed for a finals finish with a win over Port Adelaide. Things started to go downhill after that with shock losses to bottom 4 sides Melbourne and Carlton in consecutive weeks. A 91 point shellacking to cross-town West Coast which saw the Dockers kick only two goals and 19 behinds in their home Derby in front of their faithful supporters is the cherry on top for taking the Dockers from a finals contender to a pretender in the space of three weeks.
The Derby Debacle of 2019, the club record loss to Geelong in 2018 and consecutive 104 point beltings to Sydney in 2017 highlight that the Fremantle Football Club is not moving forward under Ross Lyon. Since 2016, the game has got a lot quicker and faster and does not suit his current, old and outdated game plan. Is constantly bombing it inside 50, and hoping someone will mark it the way to go? No.
Fremantle have a good squad of players with a lot of talent on the list, but unfortunately Ross Lyon’s game plan doesn’t suit them. A lot of the out of contract players such as Stephen Hill, Ed Langdon, Griffin Logue, Darcy Tucker and Connor Blakely will want to leave as they don’t want to play under this deplorable game style and will want success at other clubs. The same goes for Bradley Hill, who is been linked with a move back East. This shows that his relationship with his playing group has fractured over the last 4 years where the Dockers did not make the eight. They want to adopt a to how the game is flowing, but Ross wants to keep them playing under his same old ways.
Members of Ross Lyon's senior coaching staff left over the years because they couldn’t get along with him, such as Brett Kirk and Peter Sumich. This, along with the situations with the players show that Fremantle are developing a bad culture while Lyon is at the helm.
His media conferences after heavy defeats have drawn the ire of fans, especially when he never mentions anything about the Dockers playing bad football and always trying to make it seem better. And after the most recent Derby debacle, he insists that it's not time to panic when the aftermath of such a heavy defeat to cross town rivals West Coast is causing alarm bells to ring amongst the fans.
This year also saw North Melbourne and Carlton sack their respective coaches, and now both clubs are playing an exciting brand of football. With the squad and talent that Fremantle have, it is best for the club to move Ross Lyon on and start a fresh new chapter that will move the club forward. It all starts with a new coach that can change things around. If Ross is not moved on, Fremantle are going to become the laughing stock of the AFL.
To the board of the Fremantle Football Club, now is the time to take action!