Geoff wrote:I have to mention Dan Pfaff, someone who I was told is more important than CVC, who has done a good job with Greg rutherford, Steve Lewis, Goldie until her injury and a few others. The athletes all speak very highly of him but once again if he was retained would more athletes move to him and, if so, we still have the conflict created through enforced transfers. There is a rumour he may be going to Japan.
In yesterday's Independent, there was an interview with Greg Rutherford where he said Pfaff was considering going back to Texas - and Greg would follow him:
"I think Dan's had a bit of a hard time in the UK," Rutherford said. "I don't think people were prepared to listen to what he had to say and it was down to some of the athletes to approach him, rather than coaches and staff.
"That's been tough for Dan. He's had a fantastic career. He's coached some great athletes and he's been doing so well with us. But when he came over to Britain people just didn't want to take on board what he had to say. I think because of that he's missing being at home in America. His family didn't come with him and he hasn't seen that much of his wife for the last few years. He's also got a grandchild now. I think he might be thinking about going back to the US. If he did go back, I would definitely go with him. As athletes you have to be serious about these things. If I want to continue to progress and win major medals, I need Dan in my corner. If he's going to live in America, I've got to do the same."http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/gene ... rnalSearch
He's also a CVC supporter:
"I've told him multiple times now that I want him to stay," Rutherford said. "I'm hoping he understands that 99 per cent of the team really like him and think he's done a fantastic job. Bringing in was a stroke of genius."