Over six weeks after UK Sport reinstated British Basketball’s funding for a minimum of one year, a decision is yet to be made on the exact allocation GB will receive; an uncertainty that is slowing down their search for head coaches for the national team programmes.
Former women’s head coach Tom Maher has joined China on a multi-year contract through to Rio 2016 after British Basketball were unable to offer anything more than a year deal, a factor that will undoubtedly impact other coaches’ decisions.
British Basketball Chairman Roger Moreland has admitted they’re currently “behind the timescales” in their coaching search when talking to MVP magazine earlier this week.
“We’re behind the timescales at the moment because of the UK Sport decision,” Moreland said. “We don’t fully know what the budget is just yet. But we will bring in the best that we can do. We’re just getting on with it. We’re in a situation where we know we’re going to get funding. We know we’ve got to do a job this year.”
The GB chairman also seemed to write off 2013, a year where GB’s performances at Eurobasket are of paramount importance to help secure funding for the remainder of the 2016 cycle.
“The main priority is EuroBasket 2015 and the additional (Olympic) qualifying tournament in 2016,” he continued. “So we have to plough on. We can’t afford to wait. And UK Sport knows that.”
MVP also revealed it is unlikely GB will directly be replacing Chris Spice’s Performance Director post, having instead put forward a proposal to move him onto the British Basketball board in an attempt to offset the loss of his role.
Read the full article at MVP magazine.