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PROTRACK » GENERAL » UK Head Coach willing to go after not achieving medal target

UK Head Coach willing to go after not achieving medal target

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/charles-van-commenee-faces-an-uncertain-1256840

Coach under pressure: Van Commenee to go away and assess future

"We haven’t met the target that was set but, at the same time, we provided some awesome athletics and some iconic moments"

UK Mirror
12 August 2012


The man responsible for delivering some of Team GB’s greatest Olympic moments could be about to quit – for not being successful enough.

Charles van Commenee was last night asked to continue as head coach of UK Athletics – but said he needed time to think about it.

Despite Mo Farah’s ­spectacular gold medal double and one apiece for Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford, Team GB failed to hit van Commenee’s eight-medal target.

“I have mixed feelings,” said the Dutchman, whose track and field team won six: four golds, a silver and a bronze. “Credibility is a big thing for somebody leading the programme.

“We haven’t met the target that was set but, at the same time, we provided some awesome athletics and some iconic moments that will remain forever with the British nation - which fills me with pride.

“I have taken advice from the chief executive and the UKA Board to go on a holiday first for a few weeks and look at it more rationally rather than emotionally.”

Games boss Lord Sebastian Coe insists van Commenee must stay after Team GB finished fourth in athletics’ medal table behind USA, Russia and Jamaica.

“The team has done more than enough and I’m a fully paid up member of the Charles van Commenee fan club,” he said.
 
“He has a good strong team and it will be even better in two years and even better in four. I hope he’ll still be in his job when the Olympic Stadium stages the World Championships in 2017.”

But Van Commenee, who says he will reveal his decision in three weeks, does not want to be seen to be reneging on his word.

The question he must answer in his own mind is whether six medals, including four golds, trumps the stated target of eight, including just one gold.

“I’m flattered by the comments that have reached me but it’s not about me, it’s what’s best for the programme,” he said.

“I am partially frustrated, partially embarrassed - especially when it comes to relays - and partially very proud.”

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maybe Eric should take a leaf out of this guy's book!

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I believe that Van Commenee stated in an earlier interview that he would resign even if the team reached their 8 medal target in the event that none of them were gold. It must be said that the man is willing to stand by his principles, but surely four gold medals and an overall haul of six justifies an extension of his tenure. A few of the athletes underperformed - Dai Green, for example, who ran sub 48s this season and is the reigning world champion - but either way, it's an interesting model of leadership that we certainly won't see Eric or Rob Fildes ever emulate. Their recent comments demonstrate just how reluctant they are to take any sort of responsibility for the team's performance, and likewise, how willing they are to find targets to blame.

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