Lyon makes plans for Saints’ homecoming

Ross Lyon is all set to return as St Kilda’s coach, declaring “we are very close”.

Lyon has been making headlines all week as the Saints searched for Brett Ratten’s successor, meeting key club figures on several occasions and also presenting to the board on Wednesday.

Speaking on Thursday at 9 NewsLyon expressed his desire to change the story around the club.

“We are very close and give both parties time to do their… due diligence. Hopefully in the not too distant future I will cross the line because things are pointing in that direction, I am excited, my heart is open,” he said.

‘I don’t like the St Kilda story. Maybe it’s deserved, but I sometimes find it a bit disrespectful. Hopefully it can come to a point where I can roll up my sleeves and hopefully change that.”

The former St Kilda coach also acknowledged it was a difficult time for the club and Ratten, but added “it’s a brutal industry”.

In the first interview of new St Kilda footy boss Geoff Walsh, he described the Saints as a club with a “degree of irrelevance”. The club has not reached finals in two years.

Lyon previously led the Saints to two Grand Final appearances and 76 wins between 2007 and 20111, finishing with a 64.46 percent win rate during his time at the club.

It is widely expected that St Kilda will announce Lyon’s appointment in the coming days and return to the club he ran from 11 years ago.

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