That Bekele even felt at this stage in his career that he needed Canova's oversight is intriguing in itself.
i) in Ethiopia marathon is EXTREMELY important;
ii) BEKELE has always suffered to be less beloved than GEBRE in his country.
So he has set two last ambitious goals for his career, which he seems to be really motivated to accomplish:
1) win the marathon gold medal in the next OG (like BIKILA, WOLDE, ABERA, but unlike GEBRE...) ;
2) get the marathon WR.
If he achieved both goals, that would rank him without any possible discussion as the GOAT of long distance running.
Chicago was a disappointment, and a step back for him. Time is now short for him to be able to get ready for these two goals... It took more than five year for both GEBRE and TERGAT to master the distance, between their debut and their first WR, BEKELE cannot afford that: OG is already next year, he might also try a first WR attempt this fall then next possible shot would be in 2017 where he'd already have turned 34...
Thus the call for grandpa Renato's help ;-)