Rebecca Adlington has described Bill Furniss as a ‘natural born leader’ as the man who guided her to four Olympic medals enjoys his first weeks as British head coach.
‘He has the knowledge, he is so experienced. Having been head coach at the 1996 Olympics he knows that role so well.
‘He commands respect from both coaches and swimmers. Bill has great communication skills – which is a two-way thing – and swimmers feel they can talk to him.
‘He’s a natural born leader – he’s fair, he doesn’t favour people. It’s really good.’