Great Britain judo shake-up a blow to Colin Oates

Colin Oates
Oates has secured European bronze and the national title this year

Colin Oates has expressed his disappointment at a reshuffle in Great Britain's judo setup.

Head coach Patrick Roux was one of three members to fall victim to a poor showing at the World Championships.

The 28-year-old from Norwich told BBC Radio Norfolk: "It's a big loss for me, I work with the head coach quite a lot, maybe more than the other players.

"For me it's more of a setback, but a lot of the work we've done will stick with me and I can take it forward."

Performance director Margaret Hicks and senior women's coach Jane Bridge joined Roux in leaving the British Judo Associationexternal-link, with Romanian Daniel Lascau coming in as performance director.

The changes were made after Britain failed to take a medal at August's World Championships in Paris and occur less than a year before the London 2012 Olympics.

"I think it's a consequence of last year when we weren't successful and this year it slipped again, I think people were expecting better," added Oates, who finished a career best fifth in the under-66kg in Paris.

"It's a massive change at a late stage, I have to just keep focusing and looking forwards."

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