Updated: 12/09/2012 15:56 | By pa.press.net

Van Commenee to stand down

Charles van Commenee will stand down from his position with UK Athletics

Charles van Commenee will stand down from his position with UK Athletics

UK Athletics have confirmed head coach Charles van Commenee will leave the organisation later this year after the team failed to meet his own medal target at the London Olympics.

The 54-year-old Dutchman will walk away when his contract expires in December, and it is understood UK Athletics will announce his successor later this week.

Van Commenee had set a target of at least eight medals, including a minimum of one gold, but the team fell two short - though four of the six medals were gold.

UK Athletics were prepared to give Van Commenee, who took up the post in 2009, a new deal but he decided to remain true to his own promise to quit if the target was not met. The jubilation of the golds for Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah's double camouflaged the fact that there were a number of disappointments in track and field.

Immediately after the Olympics, Van Commenee said it was "weird'' that people still wanted him to stay despite not making the target and agreed he would be undermined by his previous pledge if he stayed in his post.

He said on Tuesday: "(UKA chief executive) Niels de Vos and I have worked hard to implement accountability as it is vital to the culture of elite sport, and this has been absolutely central to what we have achieved here in a short space of time.

"Whilst I am thankful for the kind comments and wishes I have received in recent weeks, I believe my decision has the interests of British athletics at its heart in sustaining this culture.

"I am happy the future is looking promising with the talent that is about to break through now. But now it needs the new energy and approach by the new leadership team through to 2017.

"As CEO Niels has always had an eye on the eventuality of my leaving - indeed he and I have worked together to put in place an excellent succession plan for the sport. I look forward to seeing the future successes for the GB & NI team through to Rio and the World Championships in London."

De Vos added: "Charles has done an excellent job preparing British athletics for the 2012 Olympic Games. We have spoken daily for the last four years and have discussed the post-2012 position almost as often.

"He and I have always been aware of the possibility of him leaving and we are confident that our long-term plan will enable us to continue building on the success we achieved in London. There is no doubt Charles has helped to transform our culture, and we can now look forward to further success under the leadership of a new team."

11/09/2012 23:55
Had any previous team been better funded or prepared ? I doubt it. Will anyone else do a better job ? unlikely. Where were the missing medallists ? Triple jump ,  4/800 metres mens. after that everyone put in top performances . Shame if we allow this guy to walk away. Overall Team GB were incredibly successful 
12/09/2012 08:41

Great to see a high profile coach sticking to his word. He is clearly more of a man than most of the people in his position. Sad part is we need people with morals and respect back in this country. The politicians should take a close look at this man clearly a man of principal and honour.


I think he should stay. The Dutch are a lovely nation.





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ofile coach sticking to his word. He is clearly more of a man than most of the people in his position. Sad part is we need people with morals and respect back in this country. The politicians should take a close look at

Ah well.  From international professionalism back to good old British amateurism.  Too many athletes accepted they achieve their goal by getting to the Olympics, then made excuses for failure.    Being at the Olympics was just one big junket for them.     
12/09/2012 01:42
I,like his sticking to his own ethic's and principles,but guessing at how many medal's any country would get is ridiculous.Would rather it was based on any athletes getting a personal best,and NO i do not remember that figure,but what more can you ask of any person,gotta remember the world came to Britain,and said,we will stop them in their track's,same as Britain said,we will repulse all.
12/09/2012 01:52
we here much about sports science but it needs to be put in use at the right age so hopefully better things r to come in the athletics with todays  up and coming generation or is it we are just losing out on the talent to the more lucrative sports in this country
11/09/2012 19:11
so the great british team is about to get some other foreign coach because we do not have one good enough ?.

That's a real shame. It was EGOS' like Philip Idowu - away - Don't really wish to spell his name as he is beneath contempt - and those that worked against him. They caused an untenable rift. Determined to be bigger than the sport and above being helped. As Philip proved so often he, and others certainly needed help. Must be one of the biggest let downs of all time. yes he won a few titles granted. But never really performed to his threatened ability.

And a few others.

Now we will get a yes man back that they can cower and will be on another downward spiral like from the mid 80's onwards.

Shame on them. they proved their worth, and the waste of funding again. think this funding has to be a lot stiffer and harder to earn. EARN being the appropriate word. The yard stick needs lifting and also a need for consistency.

He was right regards being kept informed of injuries and their progression. He should have,like he said he had the power to disallow them to have a place in the field, but ... yes he should have made a stand, and set an example of them.

LIKE I POSTED before the Olympics, he, and others were a waste of time and money sending them and that they wouldn't achieve anything. Never mind the past and cats running over gardens, they were a sad joke and a disgrace not only to themselves, but to us and the games.

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