National governing body publishes case management decision

A case management decision regarding coach Toni Minichiello has been published by UK Athletics (UKA).

Minichiello, who is best known for guiding Jessica Ennis-Hill to Olympic and world gold heptathlon medals, has been given a “written warning” by the national governing body.

This comes after a UKA case management group met to consider “an allegation of misconduct (verbal abuse)” against the coach.

“The panel issued Mr Minichiello with a written warning about his conduct,” read a UKA statement in part.

“The decision by the case management group is not subject to any further appeal procedures by either side.”

According to reports, the athlete to have made the allegation was not Ennis-Hill, but another of Minichiello’s former athletes who had trained with the coach for more than a decade.

Minichiello was quoted as telling the Guardian: “As a coach I have always worked as hard as I can for all my athletes – we are in this to succeed together and it is disappointing when any coach-and-athlete relationship comes to an end.”

Referring to the letter of complaint from the athlete, he added: “I understand her frustration but I think the letter is insulting and inaccurate.”