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UK Athletics: Stephen Maguire is the favorite to take on the UK where disappointment abounds

Stephen Maguire is the favorite to face the UK Athletics disaster, with the new candidate facing disillusionment from several senior athletes with the state of the sport.

  • Stephen Maguire’s departure from UK Athletics last year is seen as a mistake
  • If he returns, it’s unclear how current head coach Christian Malcolm would fare.
  • Former sprinter Malcolm was criticized by major British stars in Zurich last month


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Stephen Maguire has become the primary leader entrusted with the responsibility of resurrecting UK Athletics’ broken performance system.

The crisis-hit organization is reeling from the dramatic resignations of CEO Joanna Coates and Chief Performance Officer Sarah Symington this week.

They are now looking for candidates to step in and repair the damage, with several senior athletes disillusioned about the state of the sport in this country.

Stephen Maguire has become a huge favorite to take over UK athletics.

Stephen Maguire has become a huge favorite to take over UK athletics.

If Maguire returns, it is unclear how current head coach Christian Malcolm would fare (above)

If Maguire returns, it is unclear how current head coach Christian Malcolm would fare (above)

If Maguire returns, it is unclear how current head coach Christian Malcolm would fare (above)

It is understood that the highly respected Maguire, currently Head of High Performance at Sport Ireland, has the backing of several important figures within athletics.

He worked extensively with UKA President Ian Beattie and Acting CEO Mark Monroe at Scottish Athletics.

Furthermore, his departure from UKA last year is seen as a mistake that should be corrected.

Malcolm was heavily criticized by athletes during a now infamous conversation between top British stars and World Athletics President Sebastian Coe in Zurich last month.

Malcolm was heavily criticized by athletes during a now infamous conversation between top British stars and World Athletics President Sebastian Coe in Zurich last month.

Malcolm was heavily criticized by athletes during a now infamous conversation between top British stars and World Athletics President Sebastian Coe in Zurich last month.

If Maguire returned, it’s unclear how current head coach Christian Malcolm would fare in the restructuring.

Malcolm and Symington were heavily criticized by athletes during a now infamous conversation between top British stars and Sebastian Coe in Zurich last month.

There is also no guarantee that Maguire will want to return after he was controversially overlooked in favor of Malcolm for the head coach job last year.

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