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Murray splits with coach Maclagan

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Originally published on: 28/07/10 10:30

After weeks of speculation, Andy Murray has parted company with coach Miles Maclagan after two-and-a-half-years together.

The Scot revealed news of the split on his personal website, citing that the decision was made following a “review of his coaching needs.”

“I’ve had a great relationship with Miles over the past two and a half years and I want to thank him for his positive contribution to my career,” said the world No.4. “We have had a lot of success and fun working together.”

The Australian Open finalist is also set to split with part-time adviser Alex Corretja – who spends about 12 weeks a year alongside Murray – after the Spaniard indicated he no longer wished to continue with their arrangement.

Already attached to Murray’s chief sponsor through the adidas Player Development Program, Australian coach Darren Cahill – former mentor to Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi – is the favourite to replace Maclagan, but the Scot will wait until after the US Open to make a final decision on his replacement.

In the meantime, the remaining members of “Team Murray” will continue to work with the 23-year-old, with strength and conditioning coach Jez Green, physio Andy Ireland and Matt Little all still part of his set up.

While Murray ended his association with former coaches Mark Petchey and Brad Gilbert in an attempt to improve his game, the Scot is thought to have been keen to continue the partnership with Maclagan. Their split is believed to be more due to differences in priorities and schedules than any clash in personalities.

And Maclagan gave every indication that their parting has been amicable.

“It’s been a privilege to work with Andy as his coach and I’m happy to have played my part in his career,” said the 35-year-old.

“I also want to thank the team for all their hard work over the years and I will miss working with them and Andy on a day-to-day basis. Andy is a great player and I know he will continue to have the success his talent and hard work deserve.”

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