Athletics: Toni Minichiello takes his time over offer

Jessica Ennis receives instructions from her coach Tony Minichiello.
Jessica Ennis receives instructions from her coach Tony Minichiello.
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TONI Minichiello is taking legal advice before deciding whether to accept a coaching consultancy position with UK Athletics.

Minichiello, who guided Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis to Olympic heptathlon gold in London last summer, lost his own job as an Olympic coach in UKA’s restructuring plan around a single High Performance Institute in Loughborough.

He has held talks over a new job, which would likely see him operating in a consultancy role on reduced terms to work specifically with Ennis.

However, despite new Olympic head coach Peter Eriksson saying it is time for Minichiello to “make his mind up” the current Coach of the Year told The Star he’s simply being thorough.

He said: “It’s a new situation for me (working as a consultant) so my lawyers have being going through the lengthy document we received from UKA.

“We’ve done that and now we’re still in talks.”

Eriksson said the decision is now Minichiello’s to make: “It’s all in Toni’s hands now.

“I don’t want to talk too much about it because it seems to go round in circles like a never-ending story.

“But it’s been in Toni’s hands for quite a while.

“It’s time to make up his mind I think.”

Asked what Minichiello’s options were, Eriksson said: “Take it or leave it. It’s always that isn’t it?”

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