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Coach Edwards set to depart post

James DeGale and Terry Edwards
James DeGale was the pick of Terry Edwards' talented squad in Beijing

Terry Edwards is set to leave his post as head coach of Britain's Olympic boxing team, BBC Sport understands.

The 65-year-old led his team to their most successful Olympic Games in 56 years in Beijing last summer and was awarded the MBE last month.

His contract is due to run out in March but Edwards' position has been under scrutiny since Beijing.

James DeGale, a gold medallist in Beijing, said losing Edwards would be the "wrong move".

"I'm glad I'm away from the team and doing my own thing because if I had stayed, with Terry not there, then I wouldn't have been a very happy puppy," DeGale told BBC Radio 5 Live.

He added: "Terry wouldn't take any rubbish. It's his way or no way and his way is normally the right way."

Kevin Hickey, 67, was last month named performance director by the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA).

Losing Edwards a 'wrong move' - DeGale

Hickey coached the British Olympic team during the 1980s and is also a former technical director of the British Olympic Association.

BABA, which is chaired by Derek Mapp, was formed after the Beijing Olympics in an attempt to overhaul the sport.

"With increased funding from UK Sport comes an increased requirement for medals in 2012," said Mapp.

"It is essential that we give the talented boxers that we currently have in our training camp the support that they require.

"Under the direction of Kevin Hickey, the new performance director, we have every confidence that in 2012 we will be the lead nation in boxing."

Edwards had vowed to carry on in his post despite Beijing gold medallist James DeGale and bronze medallist Tony Jeffries turning professional after the Games, along with world champion Frankie Gavin and team-mate Billy Joe Saunders.

Both DeGale and Jeffries are to launch legal action against the Amateur Boxing Association over alleged unpaid bonuses.

Edwards' last act after returning from the Olympics was to lead Hull bantamweight Luke Campbell to the European title in Liverpool in November.

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