Neil Black will leave his role as UK Athletics performance director at the end of this month. UK Athletics confirmed Black was stepping down from the position but would "fulfil his role supporting Sir Mo Farah at this weekend's Chicago Marathon".
Black's departure was widely expected after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) banned Salazar for "orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct" during his time as head coach of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP). Black said he would consider his position with UK Athletics after USADA announced the sanction against Salazar.
He is not under suspicion of wrongdoing but has been criticised for refusing to distance himself from the American, who coached Sir Mo to all four of his Olympic titles, and for his unwavering support for him. Black has previously described Salazar, who was accused by USADA of trafficking banned performance-enhancing substance testosterone to multiple athletes, as a "genius". He also said there was "total trust, total belief, total respect" between Salazar, a consultant to UK Athletics from 2013 to 2017, and the national governing body.
After allegations of doping violations by Salazar were broadcast in a BBC Panorama documentary in 2015, UK Athletics conducted a review into the coach but said there was "no concerns". The extent of the investigation carried out by the UK Athletics Performance Oversight Committee was criticised by Steve Magness, Salazar's former assistant who was a key voice in the Panorama programme. Magness told the BBC the review by UK Athletics was a "sham" and claimed it consisted only of a half-hour Skype conversation.