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Murray parts ways with assistant coach Vallverdu

ESPN staff
November 26, 2014
Andy Murrary has retained Amelie Mauresmo as his head coach © Getty Images

Andy Murray has confirmed he will retain Amelie Mauresmo as his head coach but assistant Dani Vallverdu and fitness coach Jez Green will no longer travel with him.

Vallverdu has been part of Murray's backroom team for the past five years but the Scot indicated he felt it was the right time for a change.

"We sat down at the end of the season and decided that a change would be best for all of us," Murray said in a statement.

"My off-season training and Australian Open preparations have already begun and I am very excited for the new year.

"I thank Jez and Dani for all their hard work over the years and wish them the best for the future."

The reshuffle comes as an expected move from Murray following the emergence of reports in July that some members of his backroom team were unhappy with the way the announcement of Mauresmo was handled.

According to the reports, neither Vallverdu or Green - along with any other member of Murray's backroom staff - had been told about the appointment of Mauresmo in advance.

Mauresmo was initially appointed on a trial basis for the grass-court season, although the British No.1 retained the Frenchwoman's services for the remainder of the year.

The former women's world No.1 was named as replacement to Ivan Lendl, who guided Murray to an Olympic gold medal, the US Open and Wimbledon before they parted ways last March.

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