If there is a point to be made, Ross Lyon will make it. Regardless of the situation.
That’s what Michael Barlow learnt from his days playing under Lyon at Fremantle.
Barlow revealed that even when standing naked with just socks on, that scenario would not stop Ross from approaching to address an issue.
“He was always a stickler for perfection,” he told SEN.com.au ahead of Lyon's 300th AFL game as coach.
“One day, I gave away a 50-metre penalty when I heard the whistle, played on and kicked a goal, but the whistle didn’t go our way.
“I didn’t think anything of it because we had won quite easily, but after the game I was starkers in the change room and Ross caught eyes with me, and he challenged me that I was being selfish.
“It didn’t matter if I was fully clothed or just had my socks on, if there was a point to be made, he’d make it.”
Barlow also recalled a time when he was under the impression that he was playing fairly good footy. Lyon may have agreed but he was never going to show it.
“He always had his ways of keeping you on edge,” Barlow added.
“We had lost once really badly, but personally I thought I was going ok. He walked in, looked me in the eye and said, ‘You look a bit tired. No sleep? You a bit worried about your spot in the team?’
“I wasn’t until that point and I had slept well the night before.”
But aside from his unusual tactics, there was a straightforward script to follow if you played for Lyon.
“He values team-first, action-based effort,” Barlow said further.
“He always valued that feeling and effort you were going to bring, regardless of the execution. As long as you had the right intent.”
Lyon, who coached 121 games with St Kilda, oversees game number 179 for the Dockers against the Hawks today.