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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2006, 14:49 GMT 15:49 UK
Lloyd keen to land key LTA post
By Sarah Holt

David Lloyd
Lloyd wants to bring his business acumen to the LTA
Former Great Britain Davis Cup captain David Lloyd says he wants to be the next performance director of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

The 58-year-old entrepreneur is the first candidate to step forward since David Felgate was sacked on Tuesday.

"The LTA needs someone like me who has been there and done it and ran successful business structures," Lloyd told BBC Sport.

"Without being big-headed, I think I am as good as anyone they can get."

Lloyd had thrown his hat into the ring for the post of LTA chief executive earlier this year.

However, the former player and businessman was overlooked in favour of Sport England chief Roger Draper.

Draper actively took up his duties at the LTA last month and Lloyd believes they can work effectively side-by-side.

"When Roger got the job I was disappointed," Lloyd said.

Felgate was Henman's coach - he was not a businessman or an organiser
David Lloyd

"I had closed the door on the LTA five or six years ago but I thought there was a chance for me to be involved again when the chief executive position became open.

"Now, I think we can work well together. I plan to talk to Roger because I'd like to get involved and I feel I could do the job better than anyone else.

"But I can't become performance director on an employee basis. Whoever gets the job must be given an independent role, maybe even as an out-sourced consultancy."

Lloyd believes he has the business skills needed to turn the LTA around and nurture the next generation of British talent.

He has sold his branded leisure club businesses for more than 300m and it was at his tennis schools that Tim Henman learned his trade.

David Felgate was sacked as LTA performance director
Lloyd says Felgate is a good coach not a businessman

That business nous is key to Lloyd, who says the LTA made "major mistakes" in the appointment of their last two performance directors.

"Patrice Hagelauer (Felgate's predecessor) was a very good tennis coach but he was in the wrong job," Lloyd said.

"Felgate was Henman's coach - he was not a businessman or an organiser. His forte is being enthusiastic out on court.

"Both of them were good, qualified people - just not in the job they were employed to do."

Draper is not expected to make a rapid decision on the next performance director and is happy to leave Davis Cup captain Jeremy Bates babysitting the operation.

US tennis great John McEnroe had been linked with the post before Felgate's appointment.

Mark Petchey, now free from coaching British number two Andy Murray after their split last month, is also being linked with a return to the LTA, where he was head of men's national training.

Felgate told BBC Sport he did not want to comment on his dismissal.


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