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Basketball: Telford trip not for Nigel.

Byline: By Colin Tattum

NIGEL Lloyd today revealed he would not be going to Telford should the Birmingham Panthers franchise move there.

Lloyd coached Panthers in their troubled debut season, lured by the chance to help revive the sport in the city after his star turn as a Birmingham Bullets player in the glory years of the late 1990s.

But he won't follow owner Herman Wilson 35 miles north to Shropshire, should the BBL give the go-ahead for the club to relocate.

"Personally, that's not an option for me," said Lloyd, who lives in Milton Keynes.

"Nothing has been said to me with regard to the coach's job and no-one is sure if Telford is going to happen anyway.

"But I'm not keen to go there and although Clive Allen hasn't said anything yet, I have an inkling he won't be making the move either."

Allen, a former Bullets team-mate of Lloyd's and Panthers' general manager, did much to convince Lloyd to take the post last summer.

Both have been soured by the experience, and Lloyd is thought to be interesting other BBL clubs.

Yet if a new franchise emerged in Birmingham - Wilson has stressed that Panthers will not carry on in the city regardless - Lloyd said he would be keen to get involved.

"Definitely. If something started up and was run professionally, then I would be interested."

Birmingham's NIA hosts the BBL Play-off Championship this weekend.

Fabulous Flournoy's Newcastle Eagles face the MK Lions of Yorick Williams and Shawn Jamison in the first semi-final on Saturday (3.30pm), followed by Guildford Heat and Tony Dorsey against Plymouth Raiders (6pm).

The final takes place on Sunday (5pm), preceded by the third/fourth play-off and the Molten Slam Dunk Contest.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 29, 2008
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