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Adlington wants homegrown boss

Rebecca Adlington has called for a homegrown candidate to take over as British Swimming head coach.

Team GB's swimmers managed just three medals, two of which were won by Adlington, to fall below the pre-Olympics target of six.

National performance director Michael Scott was left "gutted" by the results and immediately called for a review, the results of which are due later this month.

Australian Scott has headed the inquiry, after refusing to walk away from the job, but the role of head coach must be filled after Dennis Pursley returned to his native America to take up a post at the University of Alabama.

Adlington believes Pursley's replacement must be British if results are to quickly improve, saying an already-established knowledge of the system is vital.

"I hope they bring in someone British. I think it's the right way to go and get someone who already knows the system," Adlington said in a Five Live Sport interview with Steve Parry that was aired on Thursday night.

"It's hard when a foreigner comes in as they don't know the system. For example in America they have a college system, which is different to ours.

"It would be nice to have someone British who knows the coaches. It takes time to get to know everyone and how they work.

"If you get someone British they know how to start their job straight away."

Adlington has already ruled herself out of competing at Rio 2016 with her future set to be decided in the coming month.

Central to her decision will be coach Bill Furniss, who has mentored her since she was 12, with some reports that he could take over from Pursley.

Should he do so the chances of Adlington competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are likely to be boosted, and the two-time Olympic champion admitted she would be tempted to sign off her career at another home event.

"The Commonwealth games in Glasgow would be an amazing opportunity and another home crowd," said Adlington who has been named an ambassador for the event.

"There is something about the atmosphere at the Comms. It is very friendly.

"I was so honoured when I was asked to be an ambassador for Glasgow."

"I still want to be a part of swimming. If it's not me on podium I want to be a mentor for the young kids coming though."