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Fremantle sack Ross Lyon after disappointing 2019

The Dockers have pulled a shock move one game out from the end of the season, firing long-time coach Ross Lyon.
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Fremantle has fired senior coach Ross Lyon
The Ross Lyon era at Fremantle is over.

Channel 7's Chief AFL reporter Mark Stevens stated that both Lyon and Dockers CEO Steve Rosich will not be at the club in 2020.

The news will likely come as a shock to Lyon, who had stated after the club's disappointing round 21 loss to St Kilda that feels like he has "never coached better".

“I’m really excited about pre-season and what we can do to improve. Personally, I feel like I’ve never coached better. Delegating, calmness ... personally I never think I’ve been a better package,” Lyon told Melbourne radio station SEN.

“I’m fully committed and from there even if we play finals, you sit down at the club. I’m not sure if they want to continue (past 2020) and I want to continue (past 2020), but we are both committed to turning it around.”

Lyon departs Fremantle as the club's most successful coach, taking the Dockers to their first ever AFL Grand Final in 2013 as well as earning them the minor premiership back in 2015.

His tenure ends in the west with a record of 96 wins, 87 defeats and a draw.

The sacking of Lyon brings the number of AFL coaches to depart their respective clubs to four after Brad Scott, Brendon Bolton and Alan Richardson were all given their marching orders.

The quartet may not be the last coaches to be fired either.

South Australian duo Don Pyke (Crows) and Ken Hinkley (Power) are expected to come under heavy scrutiny if, as expected, they fail to secure a position inside the top-eight.

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