Athletics: Jess Ennis wants coaching resolution

Jessica Ennis
Jessica Ennis

JESSICA Ennis is urging British Athletics to “sort out” the situation with her coach Toni Minichiello, writes Richard Fidler.

The Olympic gold medallist is currently working with Coach of the Year Minichiello on a voluntary basis while he continues to discuss a way forward with the sport’s governing body after his position was made redundant.

But she says it is important that the pair find out soon what the future holds.

Heptathlete Ennis, 27 next Monday, said: “We need to sort it. Something should be in place with what we achieved last year and for the last few years. We’re still training and working together so we’ll have to see what happens.

“He’s talking to British Athletics at the moment and trying to sort it out so I’ll have to wait and see.”

Minichiello has been working with Ennis for more than a decade but when his contract ran out with the sport’s governing body at the end of 2012 he had to apply for a new role at athletics new central base in Loughborough.

It’s a further blow for Ennis who has seen one training venue, Woodbourn Road, close down and another, Don Valley Stadium, be put under the

threat of demolition as Sheffield City Council look to balance their books.

“Sheffield needs an outdoor athletics stadium,” she said. “Obviously I’m biased because I started at Don Valley but I would be very disappointed if it closed down. Woodbourn Road would need doing up a lot if it was to take its place.

“It would be terrible if we didn’t have an outdoor venue in the city.”

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