Ennis willing to pay to keep Minichiello after UK Athletics restructure sees him axed as Olympic coach
, has lost his job as an Olympic coach, becoming a high-profile casualty of UK Athletics' restructuring plan around a single High Performance Institute in Loughborough.
Ennis wants to keep training in her home city of Sheffield – potentially at a redeveloped Woodbourn Road Stadium with her current training base at Don Valley to be demolished – and Minichiello plans to stay with her.
He has no other Olympic or world medallists in his training group, meaning he will not be due a full-time UK Athletics salary.
had been in talks with the governing body, and it was thought he would
be offered a new consultancy role on reduced terms to work specifically
with Ennis, but it seems he will not be taking up any such offer.
on Monday about the possibility of helping fund Minichiello, Ennis
said: 'We have had a chat and if that is what it comes down to, then of
course I will just support him where I can, and we will just carry on.'
Award winning: Ennis was given the Laureus Sportswomen of the Year trophy on Monday night
She added: 'There is not going to be any change – a lot of people have said, “Are you moving to another coach”
'No, everything is going to stay the same, but we just need to find a way of funding it.'
was speaking in Rio de Janeiro, where she was yesterday named Laureus
World Sportswoman of the Year in recognition of her heptathlon triumph
in London, achieved with a British record score of 6,955 points.
She has been keen to emphasise the part played by Minichiello in that success.
And while sure her coach can fight his own corner well enough, Ennis has also made it clear that she is there for him.
'I will obviously support Toni as much as I can, and I am there for him, because we are a team, but I do have to let him fight his own battles and get on with it,' Ennis said.
Support: The gold-medal winning athlete Ennis pledged Minichiello her backing
'But I do feel that we had such a great year together – it wasn't just me that performed, it was both of us who worked really hard for that performance in London.
'So it is just not a nice position to be in when you have done something so special, and then you find yourself in a really difficult situation after.'
Several of Ennis' fellow Britons also picked up awards at Monday night's Laureus ceremony, with Andy Murray claiming the World Breakthrough of the Year gong having followed up his own medal success at the Olympics – gold in the singles and silver in the mixed doubles – by winning his first grand slam title at the US Open.
Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the organising committee for London 2012, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and there was further recognition of a memorable year for British sport as the European Ryder Cup squad, which featured seven UK golfers, were named World Team of the Year after their 'Miracle of Medinah' comeback triumph over the United States.
Among the other winners was Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, named World Sportsman of the Year for a third time after he claimed a treble of gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in London, repeating the hat-trick he pulled off at Beijing 2008.