Terry Edwards now looks set to stay on
THE mastermind behind Britain's Olympic boxing success Terry Edwards looks set to remain in charge of the UK's elite boxers through to London 2012.
GOING NOWHERE: Olympic coach Terry Edwards is expected to remain in charge of GB boxers (Getty Images)
Edwards, 64, is expected to agree a new contract, putting an end to fears he was ready to walk away from his role following disputes with the Amateur Boxing Association.
Edwards, who was recently awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours List, saw his position come under further threat when Kevin Hickey was appointed as the ABA's performance director last month.
But following a series of meetings with Hickey, Edwards, who led Team GB to three medals in Beijing including gold for middleweight James DeGale, appears set to continue his role in 2012.
"Hopefully I will have something positive to say by the end of the week. It is in everybody's best interests if this matter is sorted out one way or the other now," Edwards told The Guardian.
"I am speaking to Kevin and finding out what he sees as my role and responsibilities. Then I will make a decision.
"People are getting tired of hearing that Terry Edwards might walk away from the sport. But obviously, under the right conditions, I want to carry on."
Edwards' disagreements with the ABA centred around the lack of support for his team's exploits in Beijing as well as towards his boxers - four of whom, DeGale, Frankie Gavin, Billy Joe Saunders and Tony Jeffries have since embarked on professional careers.
Edwards has insisted in the past that he must be given complete autonomy in coaching matters for the elite squad and have the final word of which coaches should be working alongside him.