Photo: Cycling Australia performance director Simon Jones took … Previous British Cycling’s head coach, Jones had been working at Team Sky when CA appointed him to his current role in 2017. From £145 per month. In a Cycling Australia (CA) statement released last Thursday, performance director Jones announced the restructure of the high performance program which included the redundancies of seven unspecfied staff members and a further refocusing of four roles in order to "increase the chance of success in 2021.". Cycling Coaching . Simon Jones to leave Team Sky for top Australian Cycling role | … Two of the men behind Team GB's Olympic success were vying for position of high performance director at Cycling Australia... by Simon_MacMichael. By. Sprint coach Ross Edgar says he has just under 60 days to leave the country with his partner and four-month old son after he and several other Australian Cycling Team staff members were shown the door in a restructure. Former Great Britain coach Simon Jones will leave Team Sky to become Cycling Australia's high performance director. Shane Sutton has missed out on the job of high performance director at Cycling Australia, with the position going … Jones was appointed to his role at Cycling Australia in 2017 following the Australian track team's disappointing performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics where it won just a silver and a bronze medal despite high hopes of multiple medals, including golds. Australian cycling great Robbie McEwen described Jones's behaviour as disappointing, saying "it wasn't the ideal tweet to send out". Cycling Australia (CA) performance director Simon Jones has been labelled "unprofessional" after tweeting "f*** you" in response to critics of Australia's performance at the recent world track championships. Coach Simon Kessler of Simon Says Cycling combines cutting edge sports science and technology with a deep interest in the mental side and many years of experience coaching cyclists of all levels. "This shows that there was little to no consideration for the Athletes themselves and with Simon's program strategy purely based on Olympic success. Former CA board member Phill Bates, a long-time critic of Jones, said he was "a bit stunned" by the tweet. Bates is a supporter of renowned Australian coach Gary Sutton, whose CA contract ended soon after Jones began his position. "Continuity is vital at this stage of an Athlete Centric Program, the relationship between Athlete and Coach having been carefully honed and understood over the previous three years of an Olympic cycle. CA's managing director Steven Drake said the organisation could not support the language used in the tweet. The Scotsman and former Olympian joined the Australian track program three years ago from the dominant British Cycling system, appointed by Simon Jones who Edgar says is solely responsible for the overhaul of which he is highly critical. Cycling Australia's new high performance director Simon Jones has a nifty line in analogies. Email . "He was brought in for a reason and he was brought in with the powers that be knowing what he was aiming to do and how he was going to do it.". Brands | 350 connections | View Simon's homepage, profile, activity, articles. Brands Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom 350 connections. Dismiss. Bates said his criticism of Jones was multilayered. Edgar also believes the shake up will cause unncessary instability among athletes and staff he will now no longer mentor through to their biggest objective, the Tokyo Olympics. Seven staff members will leave the Australian Cycling Team with a further four offered 'refocused' positions following a review of Cycling Australia's high peformance strategy and operations. Simon Jones is to join Cycling Australia as high performance director. Edgar was scathing of the review and hinted at broader unrest. Jones was head coach at British Cycling from 2003 to April 2007, having worked with the team as a physiologist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Drake said the tweet was technically a breach of CA's code of conduct. "This gives us 60 days to leave Australia with our 4-month-old baby boy in the middle of a world-wide pandemic. Simon, who played international cricket for England 18 times and was an integral member of the 2005 winning Ashes side will become sports coach next month. Read More. "In some countries — if the same thing happened — they said they would most probably be asked to return their mobile phone, their computer and sent packing," he said. "No consultation, no compensation, no remorse," he said. 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Jones was impressed by the results of debutants Maeve Plouffe, 20, Luke Plapp, 19, and Tom Cornish, 20, who moved into the team via the Podium Potential Academy. This package includes … McEwen, however, said Jones should not have been a target after the Berlin world championships because the Tokyo Olympics was the focus of Australian track cycling this year. Despite Australia exiting a Track World Championships without a gold medal for the first time in twelve years, Australian Cycling Team Performance Director Simon Jones remains focussed on the team's overarching strategy which is aiming to deliver success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic, Follow our live coverage of the US election aftermath. McEwen said decisions about people losing their jobs had caused some of the ongoing criticism of Jones. England 2005 Ashes hero Simon Jones has been impressed by the impact new coach Toby Radford has had on Glamorgan. From £185pcm. Mate, you should hear the insanity from the inside. LinkedIn. Former Great Britain coach Simon Jones will leave Team Sky to become Cycling Australia's high performance director. 23/02/2017 at 20:10 | Updated 23/02/2017 at 20:21. "But we didn't go there targeting that event," he said. McEwen, a three-time winner of the Tour de France's points classification, said Jones had attracted criticism for the performance of Australian track cycling ever since he was appointed. Shane Sutton misses out on Cycling Australia top job - which goes to ex-GB coach, Simon Jones. Performance director Simon Jones has spoken publicly for the first time since a Cycling Australia restructure sparked significant backlash on social media last month after seven staff members were given their marching orders. PA Sport . ", "One could say that this is a very unproven move considering the sprint program is a successful one and the short period of time to the Games.". Seven staff members to go in Cycling Australia restructure. "To all those key board experts out there — F*** you," tweeted Jones in the since-deleted post. "The youngsters did very well, it is great to see, and that is a testament to the Academy in that we are providing opportunities to younger talent. SBS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia. "Yes, we were aiming for podium performances here [in Berlin], or very close to, and you can't hide the fact we have come up short in some areas. Drake said he had "every confidence in Simon and the athlete group", while acknowledging that the team did not perform to expectation at the world championships. The code of conduct states — in part — that all persons who are bound by the code shall "act in a manner which is compatible with the interests of CA". Eight days after Ward published her note, the Australian Cycling Team attempted to explain staffing changes in a media release, quoting Simon Jones and CA’s CEO Steve Drake but offering no names and no further details. McEwen, a three-time winner of the Tour de France's points classification, said Jones had attracted criticism for the performance of Australian track cycling ever since he was appointed. Parting statement from @CyclingAus pic.twitter.com/8FI5ZyVmLF. Triathlon/Duathlon. "I haven't been a fan of everything that Simon Jones has implemented since he's been brought into the high-performance program, but … if you don't know all the details then you're better off trying to find them out before you level lots of criticism.". "Simon's 'restructure' is a major change and will see a reduction in support for all coaching rolls (sic) which will impact heavily on the resources available to Athletes and fundamentally changing how all coaches work leading up to the games. "We don't want to be flying in Berlin in early March. "I would not be at all shocked if the top two teams at the Olympics are Australia and Italy, or Australia and Great Britain, and Denmark — who set three world records in a row — don't medal. Former Great Britain coach Simon Jones will leave Team Sky to become Cycling Australia's high performance director. Disciplines: Road Race, Time Trial, Fondo/Sportive, Triathlon/Duathlon Cycling Leg . That is entirely feasible.". Simon Jones has been Head of Performance Support and Innovation at Team Sky for the last three years Henry Robertshaw February 23, 2017 11:45 am Team Sky, stage nine of the 2016 Vuelta a España. Simon Jones with members of the Australian team at the 2017 Track Worlds (Image credit: Michael Aisner) Simon Jones is familiar with success and gold medals. Nor it seems any other head staff or athletes and those that remain employed and not a part of this facade were promptly informed by Senior Management after our departure.". "In the absence of two words in that tweet I wouldn't have had any problems with it," he said. Thankyou Simon! We want to be flying in Tokyo.". Simon Jones The Coach Station Sharp Street Walkden Manchester M28 3LX Tel: 0161 790 9495 Fax: 0161 790 9400 Email: simon@jones-executive.co.uk . Join now Sign in. Jones took to Twitter following the world titles in Berlin earlier this month to defend Australia's showing after it failed to win gold and only came away with a silver and two bronze medals. Simon has lived in South Africa, France, and is now based in Boulder, Colorado. It is the first time since 2008 that an Australian team has not won at least one gold medal at the world championships. But we have to learn from it.". 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