Ross Lyon says he doesn’t understand the ‘narrative’ surrounding Nathan Buckley’s future as Collingwood’s coach.

Ross Lyon has launched a passionate defence of Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, saying he doesn’t understand the “narrative” surrounding Buckley’s position.

Buckley’s future as the Magpies’ senior coach has been a hot talking point in recent weeks after Collingwood’s 1-5 start to the season.

Currently in the final year of his deal and still unsigned, Buckley officially declared that he would like to remain Collingwood’s senior coach beyond his current contract.

Lyon, who coached Fremantle and St Kilda, remained adamant that Buckley was the right man to lead Collingwood back to the promised land.

“I don’t understand the narrative,” he told Nine’s Footy Classified.

“(Buckley is) 2018 coach of the year, one kick off a premiership, 11 players under 30 games, five players under 10 games, they haven’t been blown away in a game.

“No De Goey, Adams, Howe and Elliott and we’re talking about is he coaching well. He just said that the list profile has resulted in some decisions. I still think it goes back to the pre-season.

“It’s a results and win-loss conversation driven by the media, you can’t make it about wins and losses.”

Essendon great Matthew Lloyd responded to Lyon by stating that the AFL was a win-loss business, but Lyon continued his defence of Buckley, preferring his experience to a less-experienced potential replacement.

“It doesn’t make it right, not when you’ve coached for 10 years,” he said.

“His training wheels are off. We’re seeing other clubs bringing in whatever they’re bringing in as support coaches and he’s through that. He knows what he’s doing.

“He’s been calm, he’s been measured and I just don’t like the narrative, I think it’s wrong and he’s doing everything right.”

Lyon said that Buckley openly declaring his interest in remaining the club’s coach was potentially aimed at his players, adding that the club should only make a move at season’s end.

“If you’re judging whether you’re singing him or not, how about you let him see out his contract and make a full assessment,” he said.

“Let him and the players get through the year, review and review heavily and then make a considered decision.

“I’m not sure how you can dismiss his coaching ability because they’re 1-5.”

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