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Clegg Appointed Badminton Chief
Thursday, 9th May 2013 09:55

Former Town chief executive Simon Clegg has been appointed the new chairman of Great Britain Badminton. Clegg left his role with the Blues in February and has since been working as a consultant to Madrid’s bid to stage the 2020 Olympic Games and will continue in that role.

Graeme Finch, GB Badminton interim chairman, said: “Simon’s understanding and contacts within the world of high performance sport both domestically and internationally are almost unparalleled.

“His leadership skills and clarity of vision will considerably strengthen GB Badminton as we strive for future success.”

Clegg added: “I am delighted and flattered to have been invited to lead GB Badminton through to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“I am under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge ahead in what is a highly competitive sport but it is a challenge that I am extremely excited by.

“Having personally witnessed British Badminton medals in previous Games, I look forward to being part of the team here and working with all the stakeholders, particularly UK Sport, the BOA and the home country associations, to give our players the best possible support in their quest for Olympic success.”

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itfcjoe added 10:19 - May 9
We'll have no medals in the badminton then in 2016......
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petermorris added 10:27 - May 9
Didn't know he was an expert at that as well as footy n 'limpics.
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MaySixth added 10:40 - May 9
LOL
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charsfield added 10:42 - May 9
that is, i believe, what is known in the industry as a cushy number
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yorksblue added 11:09 - May 9
What a racquet!
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itfchorry added 11:15 - May 9
Clegg out !
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buryblue77 added 11:27 - May 9
I'm not sure that being chief of a sport like badminton even compares with being chief exec at a club like Ipswich, shows his level I feel.
Marcus Evans learning curve along the way towards getting things right at Ipswich, appointing completely the wrong people in the first place.
I will wish him luck I suppose but he was not the right person for a job in football, however it's all good now and I'm once again confident for the future.
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petermorris added 12:10 - May 9
Quite right buryblue.
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Marcus added 12:22 - May 9
At least Team GB will have freshly painted cocks.
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cooper4england added 12:28 - May 9
Is this badmnton with shuttlecocks or badminton as in horse trails?

Actually either way I couldn't give a flying ....!!
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kerryblue added 12:32 - May 9
So long as he stays far away from Portman Road forever he can sit on a few shuttle cocks for all I care,the mans a jonah
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Calderboy added 12:50 - May 9
He'll be great if team GB can have "loan players"
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BlueVelvet added 12:53 - May 9
How the mighty have fallen, and keep falling - from British Olympics to Championship soccer to Badminton. I used call him Oly(mpics) Clegg, but now its (Shuttle)Cocks Clegg
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yorksblue added 13:04 - May 9
Guam Olympic Badminton Team then?
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richnblue added 13:05 - May 9
About sums it up....
Hope he serves them well..
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wkj added 13:11 - May 9
Putting the bad back in badminton
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Bergholtblue added 13:23 - May 9
"Graeme Finch, GB Badminton interim chairman, said ........His leadership skills and clarity of vision".

Has he met Clegg? Are you sure we are talking about the same bloke here?

First appointment will be Roy Keane as motivational leader!
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Gazelle added 14:01 - May 9
I daresay that if he tries all the sports he'll eventually find one that he's good at.
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MattinLondon added 14:13 - May 9
Clegg wasn't as bad as people make him out to be. He did sign over 60 players either on loan or permanently so he did know how to close a deal. A few players choice not to sign but we don't actually know if those players wanted too much money.
His not his fault that Keane, Jewell and Magilton brought (in the main) very average players.

He did come up with some rubbish - especially the academy grading - but I do wish him luck.


I just think that he was a convenient scapegoat.
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ChrisMakin2012 added 14:15 - May 9
hahahaha Clegg's career really is a joke. Couldn't of wrote it better myself, what next Shotput managing director?
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cthulhu added 14:25 - May 9
Mistaken identity. I think GB Badminton are going to be really disappointed when Clegg arrives for his first day and hasn't got Compo with him.
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H1960 added 14:37 - May 9
Any decorating jobs need doing at GB badminton hq?
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Paulc added 15:58 - May 9
I can't believe the words 'badminton' and 'high performance sport' actually appear in the same paragraph!
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Upbeat added 16:05 - May 9
I do like badminton, although not as much as I like squash and tennis. Racquet sports are great fun!
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JewellintheTown added 16:14 - May 9
FFS, some of you kids still harping on about Clegg, get over it. The bloke did his best for us, wasn't good enough and finally moved on. Show some class and wish him all the best and leave the silly remarks to some of our mentally challenged so called footballers.
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