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Andy Murray should wait to appoint new coach, says Brad Gilbert

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Andy Murray’s former coach Brad Gilbert believes he should take his time before appointing a new man for the job. The British number one has been without a coach since parting company with Ivan Lendl in March, after an historic period which had seen him become Olympic, US Open and Wimbledon champion.

Gilbert, who worked with the Scot for 16 months across 2006 and 2007, helping him reach number eight in the world at that time, believes patience is key in deciding which of the candidates should be Lendl’s successor.

“He will have no shortage of offers," he said in an interview with BBC Scotland.

"He can take time to figure his next move. I'd say don't rush it."

The 52-year-old, who has also previously worked with Grand Slam winners Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, went on to say that he did not expect the split between Murray and Lendl to happen, citing the mental impact of Lendl’s coaching as a reason for their success together.

"I was surprised by the split. I think the best coaching that Ivan did was when Andy lost at Wimbledon [in the 2012 final]. He drew strength from that," he added.

"So Andy needs to figure out his next move. He took time between [coach] Alex Corretja and Lendl and that worked out fine.”

Murray has struggled for form this season, and his world ranking has slipped from number three to eight since his triumph at Wimbledon in 2013.

He is yet to make the final of a singles tournament this season, and was beaten by Italian Fabio Fognini in straight sets in the Davis Cup last Sunday, a tie that Great Britiain went on to lose 3-2.

Back surgery cut his season short in 2013, and Gilbert feels that things could improve once he has had sufficient time to recover, unlike Rafael Nadal’s swift return to the top of the world rankings in 2013 after having knee surgery.

"Because of what we saw in 2013, everyone is thinking 'okay, you're injured, you just come back like Nadal'. That doesn't happen that easily," said Gilbert.

"It might take a few months to get his game back and his confidence back. Injuries happen and you just have to deal with them and move on."

It was believed by some that Murray had already made the decision on who his new coach should be earlier this month, after he tweeted on April 1st that he was to make an announcement of the appointment the following day.

That proved to be a false alarm however, as his management later confirmed that the news was an April Fool joke, and that any news on the matter would be revealed through them.

It is as yet unclear as to how long the 26-year-old will take before entering advanced talks with any potential replacements for Lendl, and it is possible that he could play through a busy schedule in the coming months without one.

He is not scheduled to take part in the Monte Carlo Masters Series event next week, but his clay-court season will involve Masters Series tournaments in Madrid and Rome, before the French Open in May.

He will then prepare for his defence of his Wimbledon crown at Queen’s Club in June before returning to SW19.

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