Adlington adamant having a British head coach is best way to go
REBECCA Adlington is adamant British Swimming should appoint a head coach from within – insisting it would make life in and out of the pool a whole lot easier if they did.
Adlington is currently embarking on a charity cycle ride across Zambia with two other British swimmers Ross Davenport and Jo Jackson and coach Mel Marshall.
However she has been vocal before setting off – firstly admitting her future as a professional swimmer depends on her own coach Bill Furniss and his thoughts and whereabouts.
Furniss is linked with the head coach position at British Swimming that was vacated by Dennis Pursley after London 2012 – the American taking up a role at the University of Alabama.
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It is unlikely that Pursley’s replacement will be announced before the review into Britain’s Olympic performance – they fell short of their medal target of five to seven, winning three – is complete.
The results are due later this month and Adlington, who followed up her double gold at Beijing 2008 with double bronze at London 2012, is adamant British is the best way to go for all parties involved.
“I hope they bring in someone British. I think it’s the right way to go and get someone who already knows the system,” said Adlington.
“It’s hard when a foreigner comes in as they don’t know the system. For example in America they have a college system, which is different to ours.
“It would be nice to have someone British who knows the coaches. It takes time to get to know everyone and how they work.
“If you get someone British they know how to start their job straight away.”
© Sportsbeat 2012