Athletics: Minichiello considering running for top position

Toni Minichiello coached Jessica Ennis to Olympic Games gold in London. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA
Toni Minichiello coached Jessica Ennis to Olympic Games gold in London. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA
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Toni Minichiello has refused to rule himself out of applying for the position of head coach of British Athletics.

Minichiello, who coached Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis to an Olympic gold medal at the Games last year in London, wasn’t offered an extension to his own contract at the end of 2012 but told The Star that he is considering applying for the job which will be vacated by Peter Eriksson in June.

He said: “I think if you ask any coach from any sport they’d all say they were interested in coaching their national team and I’m no different.

“I don’t know yet whether I will apply for it because I’d need to see what the role was and how it was focused.

“People say I wouldn’t be able to combine it with training Jess but I don’t agree.”

Minichiello has been outspoken about the way British Athletics is run and would have strong views if he decided to apply for the role. He said: “I think sometimes we focus on people like Jess, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford a bit too much.

“They’re in the shop window but we need to be looking at how they got into the shop window.”