Campbell - Van Commenee a success
Campbell says athletics chief did 'a good job'
Last Updated: September 11, 2012 4:55pm
Van Commenee: set to leave his post in September
Former sprinter Darren Campbell is disappointed that UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee will leave his post in December.
"I think he's done a good job. He felt that some of the athletes needed tough love and he was definitely the man to do that."
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Van Commenee, 54, is reported to have said that he would leave his post if Team GB failed to hit their target of winning eight track and field medals, including one gold.
In total, Great Britain won six medals including four golds as distance runner Mo Farah (twice), heptathlete Jessica Ennis and long jumper Greg Rutherford topped the podium at London 2012.
But Van Commenee, will walk away from his job when his contract expires this winter.
Campbell, who won gold in the 4x100m relay at the Athens Olympics in 2004, said that news is disappointing if it is confirmed.
He told skysports.com: "Charles van Commenee came out with an interesting statement when he said that as hard as he's been on the athletes, it would be wrong for him to say if he didn't hit the targets.
"I think the athletics team was 100 per cent successful - I always felt the targets that he set were difficult, but it made sense to set a difficult target.
"Why make it easy on yourself? If the athletes can't handle the pressure then they're not the right athletes to go out and perform.
"As a head coach he had an opportunity to be conservative with his targets but he went for higher.
"I think he's done a good job. He felt that some of the athletes needed tough love and he was definitely the man to do that.
"At times he didn't get the targets right. I don't think he necessarily handled the Phillips Idowu situation very, very well.
"But if we just judge him solely on what he's done for UK Athletics, then I would have to say that he was a success and it's a shame to hear that he's standing down."
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