Paul Manning, women’s endurance coach at British Cycling, has resigned from his role.
The 46-year-old, from Sutton Coldfield, has been part of the coaching staff for British Cycling for over a decade.
Former cyclist Manning, who won multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals, among others, for Britain during his own career, has excelled as a coach for his nation too.
The British women’s team have been victorious, winning every Olympic medal they competed for during Manning’s time in charge.
The departure of Manning will mark further change for British Cycling with the Tokyo Olympics rapidly approaching.
Senior sprint coach Kevin Stewart was sacked earlier this month for gross misconduct, but Manning’s decision is confirmed to be completely unrelated.Embed from Getty Images
In a statement published on The Telegraph’s website, Manning said:
“My time as a coach for the Great Britain cycling team has helped me recognise how it feels to be part of a high-performance team when they are operating exceptionally well.”
“I will forever remain very proud of the performances I have contributed to and feel I am leaving the squad well prepared for the final push to Tokyo 2021.”Paul Manning
Jon Norfolk, who is heading British Cycling’s performance planning for the upcoming Olympic Games, congratulated Manning on his impressive tenure, saying:
“I would like to congratulate Paul on his fantastic career with the Great Britain cycling team, both as a rider and as a coach, and wish him the very best of luck in his next chapter.”Jon Norfolk
Norfolk confirmed that British Cycling will begin the recruitment process to hire Manning’s successor in the coming weeks.