Greene pays tribute to coach Arnold as he announces split

25 September 2014 / 15:54

Hurdler Dai Greene admits it is with a heavy heart that he will part ways with coach Malcolm Arnold and move away from his long term base in Bath.

Greene, 28, has spent the last five years at his training centre at the University of Bath, during which he won gold medals at Commonwealth, European and World Championship level.

A key figure in that success was Arnold, who is senior performance coach for UK Athletics, and has coached a number of high-profile hurdlers over a career spanning more than 40 years.

But 28-year-old Welshman Greene has been troubled by injuries since winning the world 400m hurdles title in 2011, failing to retain his 2010 Commonwealth Games title in Glasgow this summer as well as missing out on selection for the subsequent European Championships.

And seeking a fresh start, Greene, who won his European title in 2010 and finished fourth at London 2012, admits he will be opting for pastures new.

"I could do with a change of scene so at the moment I'm in search of a new coach," Greene told Sport Wales.

"Malcolm and I have had a good run at things. I've learned so much under his tutelage and if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be sitting here, I wouldn't be being interviewed [and] I wouldn't have had the medals I have won.

"So I'll be forever grateful to him for what we managed to achieve.

"Malcolm is very professional and more than happy to help me in my transition period between coaches.

"It was mainly the change of location for me that was the driving factor, the need to have more people around me at an elite level, especially when I've had lots of injuries.”

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