KUALA LUMPUR: Squash coach Richard Glanfield is back on the National Sports Council's (NSC) payroll. But he will not train former national number one Nicol David.
The NSC finance and administration director, Zolkples Embong, confirmed yesterday that they had reinstated the Englishman, who began work as the coach of the players in the Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS) yesterday.
Glanfield had a contract to run with the NSC until Jan 31, 2004 but it was terminated last October. During the stint, he was seconded to the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) as the national coach in 1994.
“The SRAM had assigned him to train Nicol in Penang. But they asked him not to coach Nicol anymore (in March) and informed us later that they no longer required his services,” said Zolkples.
“The SRAM also said that they had other plans for Nicol and because there was no other vacancy in our set-up then, we decided to terminate his contract.”
Zolkples said that they considered Glanfield's reappointment when the latter appealed to the NSC through his lawyers to complete his term.
“We do not have a coach for our programme at the BPSS and we have asked him to go there. He has accepted it. We will evaluate his performances. There will be no problem if he can continue to produce good players for the country,” he said.
Glanfield said yesterday that he met the NSC officials last week and agreed to take up the appointment at BPSS.
“I am going there today (yesterday) to find out the details on my appointment as the school's coach,” he said.
Nicol started training under Glanfield when she was 12 and went on to win several major titles, including the world junior title and Asian championships.
Nicol took a break last year but she is now back in competition and based in Amsterdam, training under former world number two Liz Irving of Australia. Her absence from international competition for some time saw her world ranking drop from 16th to 53rd.