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Question: Murray's next coach, for realz?  (Voting closed: April 01, 2011, 07:01 PM)
Ivan Lendl - 4 (30.8%)
Jimmy Connors - 0 (0%)
Andre Agassi - 1 (7.7%)
Brad Gilbert - 1 (7.7%)
Barry Cowan - 2 (15.4%)
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Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « on: April 01, 2011, 07:34 AM »
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Update: Yep, it was an April Fools. Thanks to Judy Murray for Tweeting about it. - Ed
Andy Murray has ended all speculation over his future coach, with Barry Cowan set to be unveiled at a hastily arranged press conference at Miami's Crandon Park at 11am EST.

Today's announcement will put to an end rumours of exotic liaisons with some of the game's great luminaries, such as Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors, who had both been quick to put their names into the frame.

Cowan, 36, best known for taking Pete Sampras to five sets at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, will start work immediately alongside the other members of Team Murray – fitness trainer Jez Green, conditioning coach Matt Little, physio Andy Ireland and hitting partner Dani Vallverdu.

Since retiring from the game in 2002, the year after he took Sampras to five sets, Cowan has forged a remarkable career as a TV commentator and pundit, working in the Sky Sports studios alongside former pros Peter Fleming, Mark Petchey, Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft.

Cowan is known to be a big believer in the psychological side of the game, an approach he's widely expected to explore with Murray.

"When I took Sampras to five close sets at Wimbledon that time, I sought the help of a psychologist before the match," says Cowan. "I was advised to listen to You'll Never Walk Alone during the changeovers, while mentally substituting the lyrics You'll Never Play Him Again. Five tight sets. It was boss, like."
 
Although Murray has publicly welcomed the new appointment, friends say that yesterday's attempts to fashion a crude but workable noose from his shoelaces could indicate doubt.
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011, 07:43 AM »
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Andy Murray has ended all speculation over his future coach, with Barry Cowan set to be unveiled at a hastily arranged press conference at Miami's Crandon Park at 11am EST.

Today's announcement will put to an end rumours of exotic liaisons with some of the game's great luminaries, such as Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors, who had both been quick to put their names into the frame.

Cowan, 36, best known for taking Pete Sampras to five sets at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, will start work immediately alongside the other members of Team Murray – fitness trainer Jez Green, conditioning coach Matt Little, physio Andy Ireland and hitting partner Dani Vallverdu.

Since retiring from the game in 2002, the year after he took Sampras to five sets, Cowan has forged a remarkable career as a TV commentator and pundit, working in the Sky Sports studios alongside former pros Peter Fleming, Mark Petchey, Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft.

Cowan is known to be a big believer in the psychological side of the game, an approach he's widely expected to explore with Murray.

"When I took Sampras to five close sets at Wimbledon that time, I sought the help of a psychologist before the match," says Cowan. "I was advised to listen to You'll Never Walk Alone during the changeovers, while mentally substituting the lyrics You'll Never Play Him Again. Five tight sets. It was boss, like."
 
Although Murray has publicly welcomed the new appointment, friends say that yesterday's attempts to fashion a crude but workable noose from his shoelaces could indicate dissatisfaction.
Is that all he's famous for? Taking a great player to 5 sets in a game which I assume he lost? Is he going to be any good Nigel?
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #2 on: April 01, 2011, 07:44 AM »
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Is that all he's famous for? Taking a great player to 5 sets in a game which I assume he lost? Is he going to be any good Nigel?

Personally, I have my doubts. So does Murray, but his mum's all for it, which is the key factor.
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #3 on: April 01, 2011, 08:02 AM »
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Nice try, Nigel. lol
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #4 on: April 01, 2011, 08:05 AM »
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The ideal coach for Andy for sure, can't see any problems there.  Wink
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #5 on: April 01, 2011, 08:06 AM »
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After choking on my coffee I remembered what day it was!! Good one guys!!!
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #6 on: April 01, 2011, 08:06 AM »
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"When I took Sampras to five close sets at Wimbledon that time, I sought the help of a psychologist before the match," says Cowan. "I was advised to listen to You'll Never Walk Alone during the changeovers, while mentally substituting the lyrics You'll Never Play Him Again. Five tight sets. It was boss, like."
 

 lmao lmao lmao lmao lmao lmao

So, we're going to see Murray with an earpiece between sets instead of reading a book a la Jim Courier ...


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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #7 on: April 01, 2011, 08:08 AM »
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Dunno about this. Ladbrokes are already offering good odds that it won't last.
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #8 on: April 01, 2011, 08:12 AM »
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Epic. Nice one, Nigel.
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #9 on: April 01, 2011, 08:25 AM »
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Delicious!  A real smiley! 'Sposing it's true? Whistle
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #10 on: April 01, 2011, 08:30 AM »
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LOL....Barry Cowan just came in his pants....
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #11 on: April 01, 2011, 08:36 AM »
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Personally, I have my doubts. So does Murray, but his mum's all for it, which is the key factor.
Oh you b..........ad boy! Smack!!!
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #12 on: April 01, 2011, 09:05 AM »
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  Brilliant article. Nearly fell over when I read it - Hope Andy doesn't make an announcement today  Whistle then we wouldn't know whether to believe it  nah
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #13 on: April 01, 2011, 09:05 AM »
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Almost got me going for a minute there! clap APRIL FOOLS!! nice one.
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Re: Murray unveils Cowan as new coach « Reply #14 on: April 01, 2011, 09:05 AM »
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Disappointed with Murray's decision, would have much preferred Andrew Castle.
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