“They’re one of the biggest clubs in the land, incredible tradition, enormous”, Lyon said last night.
“If someone rang me from Collingwood and said, ‘can we talk?’, of course I would sit down and have the discussion.
“I can’t give you a flippant answer here. I’d locked the key on [coaching aspirations] and [have been] trying to make the best of a new career at a property investment house and Channel Nine and Triple M.”
“For me, it’s such a big position. Nathan Buckley is a revered figure; we saw how he handled it and he still got chewed up and spat out,” Lyon said.
“It’s not a flippant response, it needs serious consideration, there’s lots of variables and they’re a big, powerful club.”
It is undeniable that Lyon could impart wisdom and experience on a young Magpies playing group which has reportedly had its grievances with the departing Buckley.
“It’s not a simple, flippant, ‘Yeah, I’m interested’, because they are big jobs and they need someone who’s unconditional, committed,” Lyon said.
“If Alastair Clarkson‘s available, there is no competition: just pull out whatever he needs, have the conversation and get him signed.”
Like Teague, Clarkson is contracted through 2022. However, both he and the Hawks have been open that his future would be discussed at the end of this season.