James, from the Exeter club, is no longer in post. He states that a few days later he was informed that the position would be limited to "implementing" the future direction of water polo as determined by the sport's Governing Board. This, he says, fundamentally changed the role as he understood it to be and, following further discussions, he was asked to stand down.
The ASA subsequently issued a statement indicating that it "has been decided to not continue with the appointment . . . until after delivery of the Tunnicliffe Report." (Independent consultant Dr Neil Tunnicliffe is currently undertaking a review of the discipline on behalf of the ASA).
BWPL Chairman David Andrews said today (13 November): "The British League looks forward to publication of the Tunnicliffe Report and to playing a positive role in its implementation."