Should the head coach of Team GB's athletics squad stand down as he didn't reach his medal target?

Coach Charles Van Commenee declared he'd stand down if he didn't reach his declared target of eight medals: “When a target is not hit it should have consequences,” he said. “It’s one of the pillars under our policy. That’s what I implement to athletes and coaches. And that’s what drives people to do better.” Team GB have a six-medal tally including four Golds (the most since 1980), Seb Coe wants him to stay in the position – and who could forget Super Saturday when a nation smiled and cheered together? Van Comennee is taking three days holiday when he's going away to consider his position. What do you think he should do?

Should Charles Van Commenee stand down after not reaching the target of 8 Medals, or Does Super Saturday and the Magic of Mo mean he should stay?

Debate Started: 14 Aug 2012, Debate Closing: 21 Aug 2023

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We did well and got more golds than his target but given he was so adamant about what he would do if he didn't reach the target of 8 medals then I'm not sure he really can stay. It would then feel a little hypocritical to me for him to then make selection choices on the basis of performance given that he technically didn't reach his target either. But then 4 golds are better than 1 so I guess it comes down to which is more important, gold or total....not 100% sure on this one!

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Yes. Not so much because the target was missed as all athletes did us proud and performed to their potential or beyond but more so because he made the statement in the first place. It had an arrogance about it and arrogance can only be forgiven it it is proven to be true.

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Gotta be consistent.  He has a zero tolerance policy with this athletes (the guys actually putting in the hard yards) so he should treat himself with the same iron rod

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the whole Olympics was fantastic and has inspired our children and many others, they should be proud of what they achieved...i am proud of them...they inspired a nation

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well done to all athletes.

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