Lyon axed, Hinkley needs finals berth to keep job

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has been sacked ahead of Sunday’s Round 23 clash with Port Adelaide, whose coach Ken Hinkley says will lose his own job if the Power miss the finals this and next season.


Dockers coach Ross Lyon is out the door after again failing to make the finals. Photo: AAP/Julian Smith

Dockers coach Ross Lyon is out the door after again failing to make the finals. Photo: AAP/Julian Smith

Fremantle sacked Lyon this morning after the Dockers again failed to make the finals, with the club’s last appearance being in 2015.

The club currently sits at 13th on the AFL ladder.

Lyon had coached Fremantle since 2012, after previously coaching St Kilda for five years, and was contracted until 2021.

The Dockers are the fourth AFL club to sack its coach this season, after North Melbourne, Carlton and St Kilda.

The club also reportedly has shown CEO Steve Rosich the door.

No acting coach has yet been announced for Fremantle’s clash with Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Power coach Ken Hinkley said this morning that his own job is on the line if the club misses finals again this year, and the next.

The 10th-placed Power are outsiders to sneak into the finals this year, needing to win their match against Fremantle and hope other results fall their way.

Hinkley was appointed Port coach for the 2013 season and took the club into the finals in his first two seasons.

But the Power have reached the playoffs just once in the past four years, when beaten in an elimination final.

Port’s finals hopes for this year suffered a massive dent last weekend when thumped by 86 points by North Melbourne.

Hinkley has a clause in his current contract which expires at the end of 2021, that stipulates it’s make the finals – or he won’t get the chance to serve the last year of his deal.

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“I’m quite happy to say that my contract has clauses in it … if you don’t perform, you don’t deserve to get those add-ons of a contract,” Hinkley told SEN radio on Tuesday.

“From my point of view, I’m more than comfortable and accept the responsibility of performance.

“At the time when I signed the contract, if I don’t perform and as a club we don’t perform that well, it’s probably that time.

“I’m quite happy to say that if we don’t make finals, I won’t be the coach of the football club in the near future.

“But that is what it should be, that’s what we set out to be.

“I’m very comfortable that I will fulfil the entire part of my contract and possibly more if that’s what we can do as a football club.”

-with AAP

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