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Lyon back at the helm of the Saints

Ross Lyon is headed back to St Kilda after being appointed to their senior coach role a second time around.

Lyon walked out on the club 11 years a go to join the Dockers but his motive to return he says is "unfinished business."

"Once this opportunity came up, I've reflected on the special bonds and friendships I have with past players and staff that I've maintained since 2007 to my departure (in 2011)," Lyon told reporters.

"When I presented to the board and how I felt about St Kilda, I did get very emotional and it sort of unleashed a lot of memories, the highs and the lows.

"That sort of really validated how I felt about the club."

Lyon becomes the first coach to have a second stint as senior coach at the same club since David Parkin back in 1991 who had a six year break before returning to Carlton.

In a letter to the clubs members President Andrew Bassat wrote before Monday's press conference that “Ross emerged from our review as the primary target and it became clear in our discussions that he had the vision and characteristics that we need in our senior coach.

“Ross’ unwavering pursuit of on-field excellence and uncompromising standards are exactly what we believe we require to take this club forward."

The 55-year-old will officially begin in the role on November 1.



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