Sheffield’s Jess Ennis will let Toni carry on fighting

Toni Minichiello and Jessica Ennis
Toni Minichiello and Jessica Ennis
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JESSICA Ennis says Toni Minichiello is big enough to ‘fight his own battles’ as she revealed the pair are working towards a way of funding her long-time coach.

Ennis was speaking in Rio de Janeiro, where she was yesterday named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year in recognition of her heptathlon triumph in London.

She said: “I will obviously support Toni as much as I can, and I am there for him, because we are a team, but I do have to let him fight his own battles and get on with it.

“But I do feel that we had such a great year together - it wasn’t just me that performed, it was both of us who worked really hard for that performance in London.

“So it is just not a nice position to be in when you have done something so special, and then you find yourself in a really difficult situation after.”

She added: “There is not going to be any change - a lot of people have said, ‘Are you moving to another coach?’ No, everything is going to stay the same, but we just need to find a way of funding it.”

Minichiello was a high-profile casualty of UK Athletics’ restructuring plan around a single High Performance Institute in Loughborough.

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