Ross Lyon will be announced as the new Fremantle coach after Mark Harvey was sensationally sacked by the Dockers late today.

The Age understands the Saints were informed today by Lyon that he would no longer be coach of the club.

St Kilda, which is holding a board meeting tonight, did not comment on Lyon’s shock departure to Fremantle.

Despite speculation that Rodney Eade was taking over from Lyon at the Saints, the former Bulldogs coach confirmed in a live video show on theage.com.au that this was not the case.

Later tonight St Kilda confirmed Lyon’s departure and said assistant coach Robert Harvey would “assume responsibility on an interim basis”.

“The St Kilda Football Club is disappointed that Ross Lyon will not be continuing as senior coach,” the club said in a statement.

“Until this evening the club was engaged in constructive discussions with Lyon’s management about his long term future at the Saints.”

Harvey leaves the Dockers after four years as senior coach.

He took over as caretaker coach when Chris Connolly resigned with seven rounds to play in 2007 and still had one year to run on his contract.

“It was an extremely difficult decision to make but after lengthy consideration it is a decision that we believe is in the best interests of the long-term future of the Fremantle Football Club,” Fremantle chief executive officer Steve Rosich said in a statement.

“We are very grateful for everything that Mark has done during his six years at the club and wish Mark all the best for the future, both personally and professionally.”

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