Jessica Ennis-Hill’s former Olympic gold-winning coach Toni Minichiello suspended by UK Athletics pending disciplinary investigation
Former Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill coach Toni Minichiello has been suspended by UK Athletics after a number of complaints.
The 55-year-old is said to be the subject of a disciplinary investigation and has had to temporarily stop working with athletes.
He is the current coach of up-and-coming British heptathlon star Niamh Emerson, who wants to compete in the Tokyo Olympics but struggles with injuries, and is also an occasional BBC pundit.
Coach Toni Minichiello has been suspended by UK Athletics this week pending investigation
Minichiello rose to prominence for his work with heptathlon champion Ennis-Hill, whom he began coaching when she was 13 and helped guide them to Olympic gold in London 2012 and silver in Rio 2016.
He was named Coach of the Year by the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 2012.
The nature of the complaints against Minichiello is unknown. UK Athletics declined to comment.
In 2017, Minichiello received a written warning from UK Athletics after being accused of verbally abusing a female athlete.
The 55-year-old has been suspended after a number of complaints against him
Under the guidance of Minichiello, Ennis-Hill won gold in London 2012 and later silver in Rio