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Ex-coach Miles Maclagan hints at Andy Murray tensions

Andy Murray and Miles Maclagan

By Jonathan Overend
BBC tennis correspondent

Miles Maclagan has hinted that he split with Andy Murray after a disagreement over the role of Alex Corretja.

Murray parted with coach Maclagan last month. Spaniard Corretja remains in the Scot's team as a part-time consultant.

Speaking for the first time since his dismissal by the world number four, Maclagan told the BBC: "We needed to clear up who was doing what role.

"Andy employed me to give my opinions, and these ones he didn't quite agree with, so we are where we are now."

Maclagan stressed, however, that he parted with his fellow Scot after two-and-a-half years on good terms.

"We left on very amicable terms. I've heard from him a couple of times since, a couple of messages," he said.

"There's nothing to be angry about or disappointed in each other. We had a good relationship, we still have a good relationship.

"I was always aware that I'd been given a very good opportunity to work with someone like him," Maclagan added.

"I was grateful for that and appreciative for the chance to be a part of the things Andy was doing."

Maclagan's disagreement with Murray came to a head just before the start of the North American hardcourt season.

"I think in any organisation you need to be clear in the direction, so we knew if we didn't come to an agreement we could be where we are now," he said.

"I had a way that I thought it should run, who should take care of which area, and the other guys clearly weren't quite in agreement with that - which is fine.

"People have their opinions, they're not right or wrong, they're just different."

It all comes from the player. Any player has to decide whether he accepts the advice

Miles Maclagan

Maclagan teamed up with Murray in 2007 and helped him to reach two Grand Slam finals. He was sacked after a meeting in Florida two weeks ago.

The coach denied that Murray's style of play was a reason for their disagreement.

"No. It's very easy from the outside to say 'why don't you just do that'. It's a process you go through to get from A to B. It was a work in progress, I think he was improving and will continue to improve.

"Sometimes you have to have your opinion about how you're going to get there, and we've come to the stage that we don't quite agree on that."

Murray, who is not rushing to find a replacement coach, is currently in Toronto where he plays the Canada Masters 1000 event this week, part of the build-up to the US Open.

Maclagan, keen to get back into coaching as soon as possible, does not think his successor will necessarily have the magic formula to make Murray a Grand Slam champion.

"The player has to decide," he said. "It all comes from the player. Any player has to decide whether he accepts the advice.

"He has to decide whether he trusts that guy. At the end of the day, it's the player out there."



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Murray in no rush for new coach
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Murray looking for new direction
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Murray splits from coach Maclagan
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