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David Lloyd
"I'm bewildered. I can only think the LTA don't like success."
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Roger Taylor
"My appointment came as a surprise"
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The BBC's Iain Carter
"Lloyd has long been a critic of the LTA"
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Tim Henman
"David spoke to the players on an individual level"
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Monday, 28 February, 2000, 19:26 GMT
Lloyd sacked as Davis Cup captain

Lloyd has had a tempestuous time as GB coach
David Lloyd has been sacked as British Davis Cup captain after the Lawn Tennis Association "lost confidence" in his abilities.

He has been replaced as non-playing captain by former Wimbledon semi-finalist and world No.7 Roger Taylor.

If that's criticism I'm telling the truth. I believe it's very important for people not to sit on the fence if they believe something should be said.

David Lloyd
Lloyd's sacking follows his team's 4-1 defeat by the Czech Republic in a World Group tie earlier this month and his subsequent harsh words of criticism for British players Arvind Parmar and Jamie Delgado.

He infuriated his team and earned the wrath of the LTA when he said he believed many of the country's leading players were not fit enough to compete at the highest level.

Lloyd has been at loggerheads with the LTA for many years - and he took another swipe at the sport's governing body as he left the job.

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"I don't see (Manchester United manager Alex) Ferguson being sacked for criticising David Beckham," he said.

"But, I'm not surprised. The worse you do, the higher you go up the ladder (at the LTA) and the more you get promoted, so I'm not surprised at all."

Lloyd claimed he had intended to quit after Britain's next Davis Cup tie.

"I expected it," he said. "I saw they were going to fire me and I was going to resign after the next match.

"If the LTA had any brains and had waited, we wouldn't have had to have any shouting matches."

David Lloyd factfile
Davis Cup team 1964
Wimbledon semi-finalist 1967, 1970, 1973
US Open doubles champion 1972
Final Davis Cup match 1976
Davis Cup captain 2000
The LTA's chief executive John Crowther said he believed Lloyd's comments had had an adverse effect on some members of the team.

Crowther said: "Having reviewed David Lloyd's recent conduct, including his public criticism of the team in Ostrava and the unnecessary adverse effect these had on players and coaches connected to the Davis Cup squad, the LTA lost confidence in David Lloyd's continuing captaincy."

Lloyd's five-year reign coincided with the emergence of Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski, Britain's best players for a generation.

They helped take the team back into the World Group - but the Czech defeat means they must take part in a relegation play-off in July.

Safe hands?

The LTA will be hoping for an easier ride from new captain Taylor.

He said: "I am very proud to accept this opportunity to captain my country in the Davis Cup and look forward to working with the leading players and coaches to compete successfully in the world's top team tennis event.

"I hope to emulate the achievements of one of my contemporaries and doubles partner in the US Open win of 1971, John Newcombe.

"He has proved himself a very successful captain with the Australian Davis Cup team since he took over."

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