MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: Brad Scott, coach of the Kangaroos looks on during a North Melbourne Kangaroos Training Session on July 12, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Veteran AFL journalist Caroline Wilson has turned heads by claiming Brad Scott is in the box seat for Carlton's vacant senior coaching position.

Speaking on Channel 9's Footy Classified on Wednesday night, Wilson stated that while Scott has not yet been formally interviewed by the Blues, he is the front-runner for the vacant coaching position at Ikon Park.

"What is clear now is that Brad Scott holds the key to the Carlton coaching position", Wilson said.

"Brad Scott has not been interviewed formally for the Carlton coaching job, but I understand is strongly considering throwing his hat into the ring.

"We revealed last week [on Footy Classified] that he had been contacted by Brad Lloyd, the head of football at the Carlton Football Club, to throw himself into that process."

It has also circulated that Scott, who coached North Melbourne from 2010-2019, is seriously in the running for the AFL's vacant football operations position, which was previously occupied by Steve Hocking.

That role has been vacant for some time now but Scott has been linked with ever since Hocking departed.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Kangaroos head coach Brad Scott walks off after speaking at at three quarter time during the round eight AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Geelong Cats at Marvel Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

"My belief is that Brad Scott is weighing up whether to hold on and throw his hat completely into the AFL ring for the football operations job to replace Steve Hocking," said Wilson.

"I don't think [the AFL] have encouraged Scott to go for the Carlton job, not by any means, because they're interested in Brad Scott.

"I think Carlton are keen on Brad Scott. Look, I'm a Brad Scott fan, I think he'd be great for the Carlton Football Club".

Scott coached North Melbourne for 211 games, including two preliminary final appearances in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Ross Lyon, a previous candidate for the Blues job opening, also spoke on Footy Classified on Wednesday about his decision last week to pull out of the running for the head job.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24: Dockers head coach Ross Lyon addresses the media before a Fremantle Dockers AFL training session at Victor George Kailis Oval on July 24, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

"I asked Luke [Sayers] previously, I think the day before, for clarity on the subcommittee and the process", he said.

"Then I woke up [the next day], and as I said to Luke, I reflected on all the conversations and what was happening in the media and I said, 'I'm out', which took Luke by surprise, but that's fine. I said, 'Mate, no regrets I wish you all the best'.

Lyon told the Footy Classified panel he had no regrets about his decision to pull out.

"I certainly have no regrets on anything," he said. "It was interesting being back in the arena in a sense for a brief period."

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Ross Lyon, coach of the Dockers
speaks to his team during a quarter time break during the round 18 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers at Etihad Stadium on July 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

"I knew when I put my hand up what would be coming over the fence. There's a lot of noise and everyone's got an opinion.

"All the media commentary about my ego was stroked and I didn't want to go through a process, none of that is completely accurate.

"But I'll take what I know with me and just leave it at that. I made no assumptions and there were no promises made."