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Woodward future unclear

BOA expected to restructure senior staff

Last Updated: 19/09/12 9:20pm

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Sir Clive Woodward: England's World Cup-winning rugby union coach has worked for the BOA since 2006

Sir Clive Woodward: England's World Cup-winning rugby union coach has worked for the BOA since 2006

Fresh questions over Sir Clive Woodward's future as the British Olympic Association's director of sport have emerged.

The uncertainty comes after BOA chief executive Andy Hunt presented a restructuring programme to the organisation's board that will see a cut in the number of top staff.

Woodward, the former England rugby manager who has been Team GB's deputy leader for the last two summer Olympics, will meet Hunt within the next 10 days to discuss the future.

There are currently eight directors in all at the BOA and under the restructuring programme it is expected a number of the posts will be merged. All eight directors will meet individually with Hunt over the next week-and-a-half for talks over the restructuring.

The BOA are facing a financial deficit after a significant expansion in costs and staff numbers ahead of the London Olympics and need to cut their expenditure.

Hunt's proposals were accepted by the board at a meeting on September 19 and should be in place by January.


The decision has been taken ahead of the election of the new BOA chairman on November 7 where London 2012 chairman Lord Coe is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Lord Moynihan.

The meeting between Hunt and Woodward is likely to take place in Brazil - the pair are flying out on September 20 on a four-day trip to start the search for a training base for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Woodward, who was brought in to the BOA by Moynihan in 2006, stated in August that he had "every intention" of staying at the organisation in the run-up to 2016.

The man who led England to Rugby World Cup glory in 2003 has previously been linked with a return to his original sport.

He has already agreed to chair an independent review of the British Judo Association's elite performance programme.

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