David Teague’s manager has slammed Ross Lyon’s “grubby” comments during an appearance on TV during the week as the Carlton coach’s future remains in limbo.
The Blues are expected to announce the findings of their internal review after commissioning a deep dive into the club’s problems during yet another disappointing season in which they will once again miss the finals.
There’s been speculation Teague, who took over last year, will be shown the door.
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Speaking on Footy Classified on Wednesday night former St Kilda and Fremantle coach Lyon said he was willing to speak to Carlton if a position opened up.
“If an opportunity arose, and I say that with the greatest respect to Carlton, and they rang me, I would entertain it,” Lyon said. “But I also understand that I haven’t got tickets on myself, it’s a red-hot field, (Hawthorn’s) Alastair Clarkson is available.
“Certainly take the call (from Carlton) and consider it.
“To be honest if Leigh Matthews says you should coach again and then you read his article, there’s no one else in the AFL that’s coached two different clubs and taken them to grand finals, you can’t fluke that so we all do need some affirmation and it probably just lit the fuse a little bit.”
However, Teague’s manager Liam Pickering hit out at Lyon for conducting a “job interview” on live TV, and said he’d been told by the Blues they were waiting for the review to drop before having a meeting “on Sunday or Monday”, then making a call about their coach.
“We have blokes going on television on Wednesday night jockeying for his job. I don’t know what that was from Ross Lyon, it was like a job interview to me,” Pickering told SEN Radio’s Off The Bench. “It was pretty grubby.
“I thought it was a grubby thing, it was a set-up interview. It was pretty poor really.
“I am 100 per cent (sure Ross Lyon has) had dialogue with Carlton already, he was talking very smugly the other night. He didn’t want to be disrespectful to David Teague and then went on a five-minute rant about why he’d be a great man for the job.
“I get angrier at this stuff than Teague does, I don’t think you treat people the way he’s been treated this year. It’s poor.”
Pickering’s comments come after he blew up earlier this month about the speculation around Teague’s future and whether he would be at the helm of Carlton in 2022.
“It’s been a vicious, deliberate and nasty attack on a young coach in my view,” Pickering said last weekend. “I think it’s been absolutely disgusting.