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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 May, 2004, 14:39 GMT 15:39 UK
Edwards backs Van Commenee
Charles van Commenee
Jonathan Edwards believes Charles van Commenee would be a good choice as the next UK Athletics performance director.

A study by Sir Andrew Foster concluded that a replacement from overseas should be appointed when Max Jones retires after the Olympics in August.

Dutchman Van Commenee, who is currently technical director of UK Athletics, has made it clear he would like the role.

"Charles has the highest standards and I think he'd be an excellent contender for the post," said Edwards.

"Although he is is employed by UKA he is not afraid to be critical of the system. I think a shake-up of the system will be a good thing."

Van Commenee is currently trying to prepare Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis for the defence of her title in Athens this summer.

We are looking for a world-class leader
UK Athletics chief executive David Moorcroft

"He has lots of good ideas and is one of the most competent coaches I have met," added Edwards.

"Of course UKA must advertise the appointment and select the best person possible. But Charles would be a contender and be right up there against anyone."

Van Commenee acknowledged that, with a post-Olympic shake-up expected, the role of technical director might be abolished.

"It's most likely my job won't exist in the next cycle," he said. "I'm open to interesting offers, but of course I would like to see the job description first."

UKA chief executive David Moorcroft said: "We are looking for a world-class leader. We agree with the Foster report and want the very best available.

"The job will be advertised around the world and of course technical directors of UKA will also be allowed to apply.

"Our view is there will be two new jobs available."

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