Maclagan ready to move on after Murray split
Talking to Miles Maclagan is a rare privilege.
During his two-and-a-half year spell as coach to Andy Murray he never gave a proper interview, but now he's a free agent he's more than happy to pop into the studio.
The shackles may be off but the tongue isn't loose. He has enormous respect for his former employer, despite recent disagreements, and has been exchanging text messages over the past few days.
When we meet in west London he has just played golf and been to the dentist. He is happy and positive and off to buy a suit for a TV appearance.
Having packed his bags for two months in America with Murray, only needing two days of stuff as it turned out, he is keen to get back out there. If a suitable opportunity arises before the US Open, he'll be on the first flight to New York.
Some players, however, still haven't heard about the break-up. He receives several texts a day from foreign coaches trying to arrange practice sessions.
Highlights of Andy Murray's Wimbledon quarter-final win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (UK only)
The extent of his influence as a coach was always hard to judge and, because of the peculiar dynamic which exists in tennis, where the player is the boss, Maclagan accepts this.
"I think a lot of people misunderstand the role of what a tennis coach is," Maclagan says. "Andy is a very smart guy and a very good tennis player. He doesn't need to be told all the time "you hit your forehand like this, hit your backhand like this".
"In my opinion the art of good coaching is knowing when not to say anything. You might only say one or two things in a week which might be important to Andy, that's why it's important to know when not to say anything so when you do, it's effective. That's my philosophy."
After two-and-a-half years in the job, did he feel sufficiently valued?
"I think so, yes. We had a good relationship, we still have a good relationship. We're not hugging each other and high-fiving every time something good happens. I was always aware that I'd been given a very good opportunity to work with someone like him. I was grateful for that and appreciative for the chance to be a part of the things Andy was doing"
During our chat, Maclagan never comes close to having a bad word to say about his former employer. Even when asked about the verbals Murray often dishes out, Maclagan says it was nothing personal, "just a general venting of frustration".
"I had to remind myself sometimes that he's a 23-year-old and not everything is perfect," he says. "I'd like people to wonder what they, or their kids, were doing at 23 and the answer may not always be as a comfortable as they'd like to think.
"Here's a guy who is driven, works very, very hard, is not falling out of nightclubs, and not being pictured with a different girl every week. He sets a very good example in a lot of different areas."
Maclagan is in the market for a new job and, hopefully, will have plenty of offers. Having coached Murray to two Grand Slam finals and a peak of two in the world, his stock should be high on the ATP Tour.
British coaches have struggled to land big jobs with international players - Tony Pickard being the most famous, with Stefan Edberg - so will Maclagan land a decent gig or end up coaching housewives in Chiswick?
His qualities as a coach may be different to those of Pickard, for example, but he is a man you want on your side. He has started to put the feelers out, "to see if there is anyone needing a new coach" and his next move will be fascinating.