gb_women_huddle_568The worst kept secret in British basketball has been confirmed. Tom Maher has passed up on returning as head coach of Great Britain’s women.

The Australian has kept a determined silence about his future since last year’s Olympics where GB failed to win a game but he has become the latest departee, leaving former assistant Damian Jennings as favourite to take over the job for this summer’s EuroBasket in France.

With his current contract up, Maher is understood to have accepted a second term in charge of China, who he guided to fourth place at the Beijing Games of 2008, agreeing a reported four-year deal.

Under his charge, he nursed Britain up the FIBA rankings and into the second round of the 2011 EuroBasket in Poland.

However with a lesser budget, and without the lure of a home Olympics, it was considered unlikely that he would agree a contract extension.

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