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Andy Murray has his sights set on being #1. But who will be his new coach?

Andy Murray last night explained his split from coach Miles Maclagen. ‘We had a chat in Miami and saw things differently,’ said Murray.

‘It was not the nicest decision to take, but it wasn’t tough. It was easy when I saw how far apart we were. It comes down to business and me achieving my goals. I want to be No 1.’

‘I don’t think I need to make huge changes in my game. I just need to become a better player all around. ‘ I’ve had good results against (Roger) Federer. I’ve beaten (Rafa) Nadal a couple of times in slams. I’ve been to the latter stages of quite a few slams.’

Murray, who has previously been coached by Briton Mark Petchey and American Brad Gilbert, has yet to win a grand slam title despite several close calls in recent years.

In the 2008 U.S. Open final he was taken apart by Federer and he fell to the Swiss master again in this year’s Australian Open final.

Earlier this month, Murray was beaten 6-4 7-6 6-4 by Spanish World No 1 Nadal in the last four at Wimbledon.

‘It’s easy to start over-thinking things and over-analysing things’ said Murray, who reached a career-high second in the rankings in August last year.

‘I don’t think there’s a problem with my game. ‘I just need to get better, and that’s something that maybe hasn’t happened the last four or five months. Hopefully by getting a new coach and a new coaching team in place, that will help me do that, and hopefully achieve my goals.

Alex Corretja has been retained on his part-time contract of around 12 weeks a year, although confusingly he has also flown home, leaving Murray coachless ahead of the US Open.

Murray now has the opportunity to scour the market and bring in a Grand-Slam winning coach if he wants to, can find one and can afford one.

Maclagan, relatively speaking, represented extremely good value for money and a top-name coach will cost considerably more, particularly considering the consultancy and media fees most of the high-profile guys command.

Australian coach Darren Cahill is a potential candidate to replace Maclagan

Larry Stefanki, who turned the job down in 2006 before Brad Gilbert was hired, now works with Andy Roddick. Paul Annacone, leaving the LTA at the end of the year, is about to start a fascinating trial period with Roger Federer.

Darren Cahill – Andre Agassi’s former coach – is employed by Murray’s new kit sponsor and some form of link there is one of the more obvious possibilities. Cahill’s easy-going demeanour appeals to Murray. A chatterbox is not required for this vacancy.

Of course there are many leftfield options, including plenty of former champions always keen to keep themselves in the public eye and, while a British contender appears unlikely, it’s worth noting that Murray recently trumpeted the attributes of a little-known coach from Scotland, Iain Hughes, when the Davis Cup captaincy was available.

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