Maguire set to take new role

Scottishathletics director of coaching Stephen Maguire is leaving to take up a post with British Athletics after the Commonwealth Games.

Scottishathletics announced that the Northern Irishman would take up a Loughborough-based position as "head of power - sprints, sprint hurdles and relays" in the autumn.

He will continue to prepare Scotland's athletes for Glasgow 2014 in July and August and will then focus on preparing Team GB athletes for the 2016 Olympics.

Maguire said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me to work with the British team. There's so much talent in British sprinting at the moment, both athletes and coaches, and I'm looking forward to working alongside them as we head towards Rio.

"I would stress that we've started something in the past two years in Scotland and my intention was to build on that.

"I would hope that there are now frameworks in place which will help. What is certain is that there are some highly talented and motivated Scottish athletes at the moment.

"It would be a privilege to be able to see my role in Scotland through to the high point of the Commonwealth Games. My immediate and medium-term focus now is on giving Scottish athletes the best possible chance of success in Glasgow."

The move is a blow for scottishathletics, who are advertising for a replacement for Maguire, who took up his role in September 2012.

Chief executive Nigel Holl said: "His influence in the two years leading in towards the Commonwealth Games has been significant. I believe that has been not only at the elite performance end of things but further in helping integrate and support our development plans and programmes.

"Now concepts which Stephen has brought to Scotland can be brought to bear at UK level. Arrangements are in place for Stephen's influence to still impact in Scotland - through his new role at British Athletics and also working with the new team we will put in place.

"His move represents an opportunity for us all and one where the integration with what happens at UK level, can and must, benefit athletes and coaches in Scotland."