Andy Murray will appoint a new coach by 2011

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Andy Murray has maintained that he has enjoyed the freedom of not having a full-time coach, but he has recently confirmed that he will be appointing somebody new by the end of the year.

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The British number one split with his former coach Miles Maclagan back in July, and has appeared to not be in any particular rush to find himself a new coach, choosing instead to work on a temporary basis with Spain's Alex Corretja.

Since the split, Murray has again failed to secure himself a Grand Slam, despite looking promising on the build up to the US Open.

He beat both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Canada, before succumbing to injury and a mystery fatigue, to be eliminated in only the third round in America.

Many pundits believe that the young Scot's split from Maclagan was a poor decision, considering it was his former coach who took him to his first two Grand Slam finals, as well as helping him secure the world number four ranking.

Now it seems that Murray is once again ready to have somebody back in his corner, but insists that he will not be making any hasty decisions.

"I want to make sure I pick the right coach.” stated Murray.

"I'm going to keep working with Alex to the end of the year and look to appoint someone, probably in December."

After the business of appointing a new coach is complete, Murray will again return to the hunt for his elusive first Grand Slam victory. Though the Scot firmly believes it won't happen on the clay courts of the French Open.

"I think the French Open will be [the least likely] but in the other three I think if I play well I'll give myself chances to win.” said Murray.

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