Jessica Ennis-Hill’s former Olympic gold-winning coach Toni Minichiello ‘suspended by UK Athletics

Jessica Ennis-Hill’s former Olympic gold-winning coach Toni Minichiello ‘suspended by UK Athletics pending a disciplinary investigation’

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill’s former coach Toni Minichiello has been suspended by UK Athletics following a number of complaints.

The 55-year-old is understood to be the subject of a disciplinary investigation and has had to temporarily stop his work with athletes.

He is the current coach of rising British heptathlon star Niamh Emerson, who is bidding to reach the Tokyo Olympics but is struggling with injury, and is also an occasional BBC pundit.

Coach Toni Minichiello has reportedly been suspended this week by UK Athletics

Coach Toni Minichiello has reportedly been suspended this week by UK Athletics

Minichiello shot to prominence through his work with heptathlete Ennis-Hill, who he started coaching when she was 13 and helped guide to Olympic gold at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016.

He was named Coach of the Year at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 2012.

The nature of the complaints against Minichiello are not known. UK Athletics declined to comment when approached by Sportsmail.

The 55-year-old has reportedly been suspended after a of a number of complaints

The 55-year-old has reportedly been suspended after a of a number of complaints

The 55-year-old has reportedly been suspended after a of a number of complaints

Minichiello, 55, has found himself in hot water in the past, after he was issued with an official written warning about his conduct as a coach in 2017.

This came after he was accused of verbally abusing a female athlete he had previously coached.

UK athletics at the time held a case management group meeting to consider ‘an allegation of misconduct (verbal abuse)’ against him, which was later deemed ‘not subject to any further appeal procedures by either side.’

Under Minichiello's coaching Ennis-Hill won gold at London 2012 and later took silver in Rio

Under Minichiello's coaching Ennis-Hill won gold at London 2012 and later took silver in Rio

Under Minichiello’s coaching Ennis-Hill won gold at London 2012 and later took silver in Rio

In February of this year, the Sheffield-based coach – who is also the coaching representative on the UKA members’ council and the chair of British basketball – announced a partnership with Ennis-Hill to guide the career of the highly promising heptathlete Niamh Emerson.

The 22-year-old Emerson, from Shirland, has already won gold at the IAAF World junior championships and a double gold at the Commonwealth youth games. 

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