Steve Redgrave’s bid to take over as British Rowing performance director rejected

Steve Redgrave’s bid to haul British Rowing out of its present disaster has been rejected after he failed to make the ultimate spherical of interviews to be performance director.

Fresh from dropping its most profitable head coach forward of a worst Olympic displaying for 45 years, an inner British Rowing review resulted in chief govt Andy Parkinson resigning after six years on the helm, and performance director Brendan Purcell following a fortnight later.

Redgrave, a five-time Olympic champion, was scathing of British Rowing’s strategy at this summer season’s Tokyo Games the place its athletes returned a woeful tally of simply two medals – a silver within the males’s quadruple sculls and bronze within the males’s eight.

That pitiful performance got here within the wake of head coach Jurgen Grobler’s departure, prompting Redgrave to recommend “it may be that the approach has gone a bit soft”.

It is known Redgrave submitted an application for the vacant performance director position however didn’t make the ultimate spherical of interviews.

Redgrave is believed to have been inquisitive about making use of for the performance director position when it was beforehand accessible in 2018, however was discouraged from doing so with British Rowing seemingly intent on hiring somebody from exterior the game. Purcell had developed his popularity in canoeing and triathlon.

It emerged in October that Redgrave had entered talks with US Rowing over a brand new teaching position which might see him pitted in opposition to Team GB athletes at future Olympics.

US Rowing confirmed it was in discussions with Redgrave over a long-term position “for Paris 2024, LA 2028 and beyond”. Those talks are but to lead to an appointment, and Redgrave stays as China’s performance director, the place he helped them win one gold and two bronze medals on the Tokyo Games – a rise on the 2 bronzes it gained in 2016 and one silver in 2012.

Redgrave didn’t mince his phrases within the wake of Britain’s shambolic rowing performance in Tokyo, blaming an organisation that had paid the worth for permitting Grobler to stroll away the year earlier than the Games, following within the footsteps of ex-women’s head coach Paul Thompson.

“If you ask two of the best coaches the world has ever seen in any sport to leave, both within two years of this Olympics, then you deserve what you get,” Redgrave instructed the Telegraph instantly after the Tokyo Games.

Upon saying her retirement final month, three-time Olympic rower Vicky Thornley mentioned stability was wanted after the turmoil prior to this summer season.

“It made Tokyo more challenging than it needed to be, even before everything that came with Covid-19,” she instructed the BBC.

“The changes in coaching and management structure beforehand made it more challenging. This is a time where people at the top need to deliver more consistency and certainty around what’s happening.”

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