Andy Murray confirms new temporary coaching arrangement

By Piers NewberyBBC Sport

Andy Murray will turn to the likes of Darren Cahill and Sven Groeneveld on a part-time basis as he continues to search for a full-time coach.

The Briton, who split with Alex Corretja last month, will temporarily use the coaches involved in sponsor Adidas's player development programme.

"It's not the fix to what I'm looking for," said the 23-year-old.

"But short-term, while I'm looking for the right person, there will be people there with experience that can help."

Murray added: "They have some great people working within it, they're around a lot of the tournaments."

Murray, who was speaking at London's Queen's Club as he confirmed his place in this year's Aegon Championships, will be able to call upon Cahill, who is Andre Agassi's former coach, Groeneveld, who has worked with Greg Rusedski and Ana Ivanovic among others, and Gil Reyes, Agassi's former fitness coach.

However, there are limitations in place as the coaches involved work with numerous players and are not allowed to help one player against another within the programme. In addition, Cahill has considerable commitments with broadcaster ESPN.

With that in mind, Murray's target remains a full-time replacement for Corretja, who had worked with the Scot on an ad-hoc basis since April 2008, during which time he reached three Grand Slam finals and won six Masters Series events.

And Murray stressed it must be someone who is willing to commit for up to 35 weeks of the year.

"I've spoken to a few people and I've obviously thought about it quite a lot," said Murray. "I would like to do it as soon as possible but you need to find the right person.

"People think it's an easy thing to do but it's really not. There's not that many people with a lot of experience that are willing to give up 30, 35 weeks of the year travelling and come to where you're training.

"There might have to be a bit of sacrifice on my part to go and train wherever the coach is, to make it a bit easier for them.

"[Roger] Federer with [Paul] Annacone probably do 20 to 25 weeks, [Rafael] Nadal's uncle [Toni Nadal] doesn't travel to all of the events with him, [Novak] Djokovic has someone [Marian Vajda] who's there pretty much all the time.

"But there's not too many coaches who are willing to give you 35 weeks, so it might take a bit of time.

"Obviously Sven and Darren have loads of experience - Darren on the men's tour and Sven on both - and I've known them for a long time and get on with both of them. I'm sure either one of them could help."

Murray has failed to win a single set in the three matches he has played since losing the Australian Open final against Djokovic in January but results elsewhere meant he actually rose one place to fourth in the world rankings this week.

"It's a 12-month rankings system so I've obviously done great the other nine months, because I haven't won a match for three months," he said.

"The end of last year and the period during Wimbledon was obviously very, very good and I actually don't have many points to defend until Wimbledon either beacuse I didn't do that well on the clay."

Murray has decided to accept a wildcard for next week's Monte Carlo Masters, which signals the beginning of his clay-court season and will feature Nadal, Djokovic and Federer in a strong field. But the Briton is optimistic he can improve on last year's first-round exit.

"I'm playing well in practice so I'm not panicking that I'm never going to play well again," he said.

"I'm working hard and getting myself in good shape and it will come. It might not happen next week, it might not happen the next couple of weeks, but it'll come and I'm not worried about that."