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Lyon offers short-term help to Demons

Guy Hand 01/08/2011 11:44:46 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne legend Garry Lyon says he is willing to get involved with the AFL club in a short-term role, concerned at the toll the Demons' woes are having on cancer-stricken president Jim Stynes.

But Lyon has once more ruled out ever coaching the club, saying any involvement would be in a football administration capacity and only until the end of the season.

Lyon, now a media commentator who captained the Demons during a 13-year career there, said he had not wanted to be involved in any structured role with the club.

But watching the clearly struggling Stynes - a close friend of Lyon's - announce Dean Bailey's sacking as coach on Monday has changed his view.

"What happened today when I sat down and watched that press conference was I felt enormously for Jim Stynes," Lyon told the Nine Network's Footy Classified.

"When I saw Jimmy dealing with that in the way he was dealing with it, I didn't think that was right.

"My own feelings about not wanting to get involved with the footy club - I felt guilty when I saw that.

"At this time of his life, I don't think it's right at all and I worry for him, and I'm going to tell him that tomorrow when I see him.

"If he wants me to help the footy club, then I'll help in the manner that I can." Lyon, who has a burgeoning media career including hosting the Nine Network's AFL Footy Show, said any role with the Dees would involve him returning to the media for the start of 2012.

Lyon backed the decision to sack Bailey following the 186-point loss to Geelong at the weekend.

"That loss was of horrific magnitude and it was the tipping point," Lyon said.

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