Ennis willing to pay to keep Minichiello
Jessica Ennis insists she has no intention of switching from her coach Toni Minichiello, indicating she is willing to provide him with financial support "if that is what it comes down to".
Minichiello, who guided Ennis to heptathlon gold at London 2012, has lost his job as an Olympic coach, becoming a high-profile casualty of UK Athletics' restructuring plan around a single High Performance Institute in Loughborough.
Asked on Monday about the possibility of helping fund Minichiello, Ennis said: "We have had a chat and if that is what it comes down to, then of course I will just support him where I can, and we will just carry on."
Ennis wants to keep training in her home city of Sheffield - potentially at a redeveloped Woodbourn Road Stadium with her current training base at Don Valley to be demolished - and Minichiello plans to stay with her.
He has no other Olympic or world medallists in his training group, meaning he will not be due a full-time UK Athletics salary. Minichiello had been in talks with the governing body, and it was thought he would be offered a new consultancy role on reduced terms to work specifically with Ennis, but it seems he will not be taking up any such offer.
Ennis added: "There is not going to be any change - a lot of people have said, 'Are you moving to another coach?' No, everything is going to stay the same, but we just need to find a way of funding it."
Ennis was speaking in Rio de Janeiro, where on Monday she was named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year in recognition of her heptathlon triumph in London, achieved with a British record score of 6,955 points. She has been keen to emphasise the part played by Minichiello in that success.
Several of Ennis' fellow Britons also picked up awards at Monday night's Laureus ceremony, with Andy Murray claiming the World Breakthrough of the Year gong having followed up his own medal success at the Olympics - gold in the singles and silver in the mixed doubles - by winning his first grand slam title at the US Open.
Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the organising committee for London 2012, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and there was further recognition of a memorable year for British sport as the European Ryder Cup squad, which featured seven UK golfers, were named World Team of the Year after their 'Miracle of Medinah' comeback triumph over the United States.
Among the other winners was Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, named World Sportsman of the Year for a third time after he claimed a treble of gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in London, repeating the hat-trick he pulled off at Beijing 2008.