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Lyon asked to be Melbourne saviour

By Adam Cooper 23/06/2003 08:29:51 PM Comments (0)

Embattled AFL club Melbourne has sent former captain Garry Lyon an SOS and, in a sign major changes are afoot at the Demons, president Gabriel Szondy declared his position open to a better-qualified candidate.

With the Demons slumped in 15th place after five successive losses, Szondy said the club would love to have Lyon, now a respected media commentator, back in an official capacity.

"I'd love to see Garry Lyon taking a bigger role at the football club," he said.

"Anyone with a media profile and the abilities that Garry has would always be welcome at the Melbourne Football Club."

Lyon played 226 games for Melbourne and was captain from 1991-97 and has been linked with the Demons' coaching job.

But Lyon and Szondy both reiterated their support for incumbent Neale Daniher, who is contracted until 2004.

Lyon said: "I'm a great supporter of the Melbourne Football Club and I'll do whatever I can to help this footy club and always have.

"I just hope for Neale's sake that things can turn around very quickly."

Lyon declined to discuss what sort of role he would like at Melbourne.

Melbourne has endured a tumultuous past month, having lost its past two games by a combined 129 points in two limp surrenders.

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