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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2006, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Johnson ponders UK Athletics role
Michael Johnson
Johnson has criticised Britain's sprinters in the past
Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson has been approached about taking up a consultancy role with UK Athletics.

Johnson revealed he has talked to UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins about possible involvement.

"He has called me. Our assistants are talking. I like some of the things he said and he liked some of the things I said," Johnson told BBC Sport.

"In the right situation, I'm certainly willing to help anyone where I think I could be a help and not a hindrance."

Johnson, the 400m world record holder, has criticised British sprinters while appearing on BBC television as a pundit.

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He could now help athletes such as Darren Campbell and Mark Lewis-Francis in the future.

Johnson said: "If asked to do that then I would look at the situation and assess it and see if I could be of help and if my help was needed or if I was just being courted to be quiet.

"I'm certainly willing to do that. In every situation your help is not necessarily needed or wanted and sometimes it's not the right structure."

Collins told BBC Radio Five Live that Johnson could make a good contribution.

"It's really a case of what he can do and at what cost, not just financially, but in terms of time," he said.

"It won't be as a frontline coach but he has different perspectives and ideas."

And Collins said he felt he would be able to work with Johnson, despite the American's criticisms of his plans to revive Britain's fortunes.

"There are a lot of things we need to work on but he's certainly right to say there needs to be a change of culture," he said.

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