I agree with this.BUT this is not really about whether we choose to believe Morozov or Takahashi. It's about whether we choose to believe Morozov or Ihara (the agent).
As for Morozov, I don't think it's really a case of "not sticking with the skater". It looks like he wasn't happy with Ihara already at the beginning of the season, but he stayed with Daisuke as long as he could. If the cooperation between him and the agent really was that difficult, then continuing to stick with the current situation would only hurt Daisuke's chances in competition. I think that after Dai's poor showing at Worlds Nikolai reached the end of his tether.
Last off-season, he refused to coach Johnny Weir stating he was too busy with his current students. I doubt that now, getting close to the Olympics, he would suddenly feel like taking on another pupil, especially one that would be a direct competitor to his most successful student.
Looking back, perhaps it's too bad that he didn't made this public in a gentler way right after things started going awry, but perhaps to the very last second he thought that he will be able to salvage the relationship with Daisuke. I wouldn't be surprised if his suggestion to train Nobunari was initially an attempt to scare Ihara away, and Ihara didn't even take it seriously and therefore did not inform Daisuke.
I'm a bit miffed at Gallagher, it's not the first time that he wrote an article in the most sensationalist way possible (and a few times I caught him at making mistakes and giving false or misleading information). It looks to me as if he approached Morozov in a friendly manner, and the latter just let things that bothered him out, not quite expecting that they will made the press in such a raw form. Hopefully from now on he will learn that the press is not to be trusted.
ETA: I just wanted to reply to this comment:
[quote]I couldn't agree more. What strikes me is that he never sticks with a skater. This is a fundamental difference between him and Tarasova. (...)
The most obviouse case was the Joubert vs Plushenko one. The year Morozov created Brian's worst LP ever happened to be the year he worked with Evgeni. (...)quote]
But what Morozov did is not very much different from how other choreographers/coaches work, including Tatiana:
http://www.goldskate.ru/media/tarasova_eng.shtmlVN: Do you students ever become jealous? For example, how did Shizuka feel about the fact that you were making programs for Kwan?
TT: I didn’t ask her. It is my profession - to help skaters. I’ve never swore that I would work only with one of them. I do what I can and what is interesting for me. I don’t go after any of the skaters, don’t “grab them by the hands”. I hardly speak any foreign language. But if somebody needs me, they manage to get my phone number, just the way Michelle Kwan did.
I don't have time to find and quote all the articles, but all the athlethes whom he worked with and who wanted to work with him have a great respect for him. I've read numerous articles where he was very much praised for his hard work. The Japanese TV made an entire program about him (which my friend is translating tight now and will put on YT in a week or so). He is often called "champion maker" or "dream maker". Miki called him "a person who I couldn't do without".Although Morozov has done some great stuff, he'll never be as prestigiouse as her because all medals that his students will get won't really be seen as a consequence of his work, contrary to tarasova, who sticks with her skaters for years.
I think it's useless to compare Tatiana's career to Nikolai's right now, because Nikolai has been working as a coach for much, much shorter time (and, actually, he was extremely successful so far). And it's not like Tatiana hasn't lost any skaters (Sasha, Shizuka). It's a part of being a coach.