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So begins the Andy Murray new coach pageant

Andy Murray left the Madrid Open earlier than expected and the hunt for a new coach goes into high gear. Murray went down in defeat in a 6-3 6-2 beating from Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo, ranked 46th in the world.

(L to R) John McEnroe, Andy Murray of Great Britain look on during the BNP Paribas Showdown press conference at Essex House on March 3, 2014 in New York City.
(L to R) John McEnroe, Andy Murray of Great Britain look on during the BNP Paribas Showdown press conference at Essex House on March 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Murray against Santiago Giraldo of Columbia in their third round match during the Mutua Madrid Open.
Murray against Santiago Giraldo of Columbia in their third round match during the Mutua Madrid Open.(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

"It's tough," Murray added. "Some days I'm playing well and then the next day I'm not playing well, so I need to become more consistent."

Having dropped to number 8 in the rankings, Murray has not been in a final since his epic Wimbledon victory last July. Since parting with Ivan Lendl, his search for a new coach includes many of the usual names including a high profile applicant in John McEnroe. And McEnroe is listening.

McEnroe said, "I am pretty busy doing my own thing but, when you get opportunities to coach great players, it is definitely something that would be tempting to think about."

Other notable names in the coach pool include Australians Roger Rasheed, and Darren Cahill, Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and American Larry Stefanki.

A couple of these men seem unlikely. Rasheed is already working with Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who is quickly improving on his way to the top ten. Cahill's plate is full with his ESPN commentary work and he is earning a nice pay day as a coach for Team Adidas.

Bjorkman, the former world No 4 and doubles No 1, is probably an out of left field pick. Since retiring in 2008, he has worked closely with Sweden's Davis Cup team and is a top commentator on Swedish television.

The best option might be Stefanki who has worked with McEnroe, Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick. His crowning glory was getting Chilean Marcelo Rios to world number one in 1998.

Murray is getting closer to deciding on a coach but is not in a hurry.

"I need to have the right person in place." Murray said, "I don't want to have the wrong person in place by the French Open. "