Future in doubt for Sheffield’s Jess Ennis coach

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THE winning partnership between Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis and coach Toni Minichiello faces an uncertain future.

Minichiello, The Star understands, has a contract with UK Athletics until the end of the year but no decision has yet been made about whether this will continue.

Ennis returned to training on Sunday for the first time after her heptathlon gold medal at the London Games this summer.

The pair have worked together for more than a decade with Ennis developing into one of British sport’s most successful performers.

She is the British heptathlon record holder and will be looking to regain the World Championship title in Moscow next year after losing the crown in Daegu in 2011 to Russia’s Tatyana Chernova.

Like most Olympic sports, UK Athletics works to a four-year cycle with funding allocated accordingly.

Head coach Charles van Commenee resigned after failing to meet a self-imposed target of eight track and field medals at the Olympics.

He was replaced by Neil Black as the organisation’s performance director, but it is not yet clear how the structure under Black will be run.

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