In demand: Paul Roos. Photo: Nic Walker
Former Brisbane Lions and Fitzroy great Alastair Lynch believes his close friend Paul Roos is unlikely to take on the Brisbane Lions coaching position.
Lynch also said he would be ''very, very surprised'' if Roos - whom he sees regularly - already had a quiet ''done deal'' in place to coach the Lions, who removed Michael Voss this week, with his assistant Mark Harvey taking over for the final three games of the home-and-away season.
''I'd be surprised if he took it,'' Lynch said of Roos, a teammate of Lynch's from their days at Fitzroy and a colleague at Fox Footy.
Lynch said of the speculation of his friend having an arrangement already in place: ''I'd be very, very surprised if he had that. I don't think there's been any deal done.''
Roos was contacted by the Lions six weeks ago and sounded out about his interest in the coaching position - an approach of which the club made Voss aware. Brisbane has made clear that Roos would be its top priority if he was willing to return to coaching.
The 2005 Sydney premiership coach has repeatedly said he wasn't interested in coaching next year at this stage, but he also has not categorically ruled out coaching a club.
Melbourne chief executive Peter Jackson also has been in contact with Roos and been open about the club's having him at the top of its list. The Demons also are understood to have spoken to Rodney Eade this week, with Mark Williams the other experienced coach whom the Demons have indicated will be a candidate.
Eade is acting football operations chief at Collingwood, a position that he also could conceivably fill next year, following the departure of Geoff Walsh.
The Lions have said that they have candidates for the job besides Roos, following the decision to not offer Voss a contract for next season - a move that took an Essendon-focused football industry by surprise on Tuesday.
Brisbane chairman Angus Johnson said earlier this week that Voss had been supported by a majority of the club board six weeks ago, the time when the hierarchy contacted Roos, who was uncomfortable with the approach by a club that already had a senior coach in place.
The Lions have said they are interested in assistant coaches as well as experienced coaches, potentially opening the position up for a host of candidates.