Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Darren's in Rage as Doctor Joins Chelsea

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Darren's in Rage as Doctor Joins Chelsea

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SPRINT champion Darren Campbell today criticised British Olympic bosses for letting one of the best medical officers in world sport become Chelsea's new club doctor.

Campbell believes British sport has shot itself in the foot by not having sorted out a satisfactory deal with Bryan English before Chelsea's spending power wooed him away.

English, the British Olympic team doctor who nursed Kelly Holmes and Campbell to golds in Athens, has already started work for the Premiership leaders. He takes over from Neil Frazer, who walked out after a row with coach Jose Mourinho over Arjen Robben's injury.

It left Manchester United fan Campbell reflecting with a rueful grin: "One of the first things I thought when he told me he was off to Chelsea was that 'they're definitely going to win the League now!'" Campbell, who won a sprint relay gold medal in Athens, believes all British athletes will be upset to lose the services of English, a lifelong Chelsea fan.

Campbell added: "I've spoken to Bryan about it. He loves athletics.

I know that if he'd been made the right offer he'd have stayed. It is maddening because we can't afford to lose people of his talent.

"To be honest, it's totally frustrating and upsetting for all British athletes. Bryan's a great man who played a massive part in me getting through the Olympics with my injury and eventually coming away with a gold medal.

Chelsea's gain is very much the loss of British athletics.

"I don't blame Bryan for going.

Of course, I understand that he wants to move on but to be honest I just don't think the people running our sport have done enough to keep him. It's just a shame that everything we've built up for the last few years has gone and we're back to square one.

Holmes is also a great fan of English. After her double gold medal-winning performance in Athens, she said: "Bryan was wonderful. …

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