Alexander Alexandrov fired

Bad news for those of us who appreciated his candor. :(

Rewriting Russian Gymnastics:

Sports Express today confirmed the news that Russian WAG team coach Alexander Alexandrov has been fired from his job as WAG head coach. The decision was made by a vote of the board of the Russian Gymnastics Federation, including some of the coaches of gymnasts who performed poorly in London … .

Sources close to the Russian team suggest that Alexandrov will continue as personal coach to 2010 World Champion and 2012 Uneven Bars Olympic Champion Aliya Mustafina though this has yet to be officially confirmed and (updated 18.45) … Alexandrov has now suggested it is doubtful he will continue beyond the end of December. We still await an announcement of who will take over from the talented Alexandrov as head coach of the Russian WAG team. …

details – Alexander Alexandrov dismissed as WAG Head Russian coach

Alexander could be hired for pretty much any coaching job in the world right now.

His successor has big shoes to fill.

UPDATE:

Sovietski Sport has now announced that the council of the Russian Gymnastics Federation has appointed bars coach Evgeny Grebenkin as head coach of the WAG team. …

Rewriting Russian Gymnastics has the details. With quotes from the ungracious Valentina Rodionenko.

… If anyone should be fired …

Alexandrov feels the reasons for dismissal were personal. The personal coaches of the Team were not supportive.

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15 thoughts on “Alexander Alexandrov fired”

  1. It seems somewhat political but then again, I don’t know all the details and only a few people in the world do. I wish him the best – I think the person that might lose out most in all of this is Mustafina.

  2. It is nothing political! It is just a personal! Unfortunately, it will be bad not just for Alia Mustafina. The real professionals of the Russian Artistic Gymnastics will never forgive a current Board RGF and “some of the coaches and gymnasts who performed poorly in London…” for taking away Alexander Alexandrov from the position of WAG Team’s Head Coach. But who knows, may be it is just a beginning of the intriguing story called “Inside of Russian Artistic Gymnastics… after London-2012″. Or may be BEFORE?

  3. This is pretty appalling. I feel so sorry for Aliya, I sincerely hope he’s able to continue as her coach, and frankly, the Rodionenkos have got a lot to answer for. Ugh.

  4. Wow, I guess a team silver, 1 individual gold, 1 individual silver, and 3 individual bronzes after a medal-less 08 olympics wasn’t impressive enough?

  5. Probably him being Mustafina’s personal coach backfired on him. He was giving to much personal attention to her, therefore paying less attention to the other gymnnasts from the national team. Hence, thats why she won more medals than anyone else. I can see why other coaches wouldnt be happy about him.

  6. I agree with Ashlyn. I get Grishna’s coach is mad at Alexandrov and blames his attention to Musty for her bad performance. But still, 1 gold, 2 silvers, 3 bronzes, Alexandrov must have done something right. Plus, I’m pretty sure that they knew when they hired him that he was already Mustafina’s personal coach, so if they were worried about that scenario, they could have fixed that from the very beginning.
    Shocking. I just hope he continues to coach Musty.

  7. I can’t believe how gullible some of you people are. The truth is always somewhere in the middle. Painting Alexandrov as some kind of innocent bystander is laughable.

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