God Loves Manly - Cliffy wants back in
Manly legend Cliff Lyons keen to return in coaching capacity
October 27, 2013
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Manly legend Cliff Lyons wants to reprise his scrum-base partnership with Geoff Toovey by taking on the assistant coaching role vacated by Brad Arthur.
The Sea Eagles are on the lookout for another clipboard holder to support head coach Geoff Toovey after Arthur quit to take up the top job at arch-rivals Parramatta.
It is understood Lyons is on a shortlist which includes former Manly and New Zealand international Tony Iro :s, who was a caretaker coach at the Warriors at the end of last season, and Hull Kingston Rovers coach Craig Sandercock. Former Sea Eagles assistant Matt Parish, who was an assistant under Ricky Stuart at Parramatta last season, is also in the frame:s. Lyons, who played over 300 games for the maroon and whites, said he was keen to contribute again to the grand finalists.
''I'd love to help out the club as much as I can and keep my foot in the door there,'' Lyons said. ''It's something I'd relish and the opportunity that's there is an exciting one. I hope they consider me. I've been thinking about it a lot and, fingers crossed, hopefully they give me an opportunity. That's all I'm asking.''
The former NSW and Australia pivot said he briefly broached the subject with Toovey, who will make a final decision when he returns from a brief holiday. ''I ran into Toovs in Narrabeen last weekend and I mentioned I'd be interested. Obviously it's a big decision to make and, hopefully, he can take one of the locals in.''
Manly already have Andrew Johns on their coaching team and the addition of Lyons would be a boost to gun playmakers Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran. Lyons is not new to coaching, having led the Narraweena Hawks to back-to-back premierships in the Manly A-grade competition.
The 52-year-old also coached the Sea Eagles' NSW Cup side. ''I learnt heaps doing those things, it was a great experience,'' he said.
Regardless of whether he gets the nod, Lyons will have a more hands-on role next year. He has recently been appointed a board member of the Manly-Warringah District Rugby League Football Club after Peter Peters vacated his board seat. The role will not affect his chances of getting the coaching job.
''I am pleased to be back on the board with these guys,'' Lyon said. ''This board has done a good job. They have supported Dave Perry's administration and that has paid off by the Sea Eagles making a profit. They've supported Tooves as coach.''
Matt Parrish was on the nose with the Senior Players as he was seen to over play his role as assistant - hope he keeps on going, away from Manly :dodgy:
Tony Iro was a useless Player and I would not be happy to have him back at Brookie :dodgy:
Having Cliffy around the place even lifts the Fans - so many wonderful memories include the little Master