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Furniss named GB coach
Bill Furniss and Chris Spice have been named Great Britain head coach and national performance director, British Swimming has announced.
Furniss is best known as the man who guided Rebecca Adlington to two Olympic titles as well as two bronze medals in London last summer.
His charge is expected to announce her retirement on Tuesday at the same time Furniss will move into the new phase of his coaching career.
While the appointment of Furniss comes as no surprise, Spice is a new arrival in the sport, having worked as performance director at the Rugby Football Union, Great Britain and England Hockey and more recently British Basketball.
The pair will start their new roles in April, with the world trials in June. Spice will provide overall strategic leadership - a systems and operations role - while Furniss' is more of a poolside role and he will work alongside the coaches, as well as developing performance and training plans for athletes.
Spice said: "One of the key things that attracted me to the position is the great potential I see within swimming and, based on the solid foundation in place already, I believe we can build for an exciting future.
"I'm delighted to be working with Bill. He has an incredible pedigree and I'm certain this partnership will provide the perfect match of strategic leadership and technical knowledge. I feel it's a team that can take swimming to a new level and achieve fantastic things."
Furniss added: "I'm looking forward to working with Chris and what I know to be both world-class coaches and world-class athletes as we strive to deliver the podium results in Rio 2016.
"In Britain we have some of the best coaches and most talented swimmers in the world, and my role will be to work with them and their programmes to achieve the small margins required to convert finalists into medallists.
"Chris and I have already met and shared our beliefs and views about what is required to move swimming forward. He has an excellent background in sport at the highest level and together we know where collectively we can make a difference."