Indian men’s hockey team coach Reid resigns
Indian men’s hockey team chief coach Graham Reid and two other members of the support staff have resigned following their dismal World Cup show, which has been accepted by Hockey India. Reid was appointed coach of the Indian team in April 2019. Under his coach, the Indian team, which won a historic bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics, could not make it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Odisha and finished ninth. Apart from Australia’s 58-year-old Reid, analysis coach Greg Clarke and scientific advisor Mitchell David Pemberton have also resigned.
According to a statement issued by Hockey India, Reid submitted his resignation to Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey a day after the World Cup was over. Tirkey and Hockey India general secretary Bholanath Singh met Reid and other support staff to discuss the team’s performance. Apart from Reid, Clarke and David also resigned on Monday morning. All three will remain in the notice period till next month. Reed said, “It is time for me to step down and hand over the reins to new management.” It was a pleasure working with this team and Hockey India. I enjoyed every moment of this wonderful journey.
Best wishes to the team for the future. Reid’s tenure with the Indian team was till the Paris Olympics (2024). With Reid and his team, India won the Olympic bronze medal after 41 years. Apart from this the team won silver in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and FIH Pro League 2021. Secured third position in 22 sessions. The Indian team won the FIH World Series Finals in 2019 when Reid was the coach.
After this, he qualified for the Tokyo Games by winning the Olympic qualifiers in Bhubaneswar. Accepting the resignations of all three, including Reid, Hockey India President Tirkey said, “India will always be indebted to Graham Reid and his team for giving us good results.” Especially in the Olympic Games. There are new stages in every journey and now we also have to move forward with a new idea for the team. Hosts India started the tournament ranked fifth in the world rankings, but failed to qualify for the quarter-finals. .
The team lost to lower-ranked team New Zealand in a shoot-out in a cross-over match. The Harmanpreet Singh-led side then beat Japan 8-0 and South Africa 5-2 in the classification matches to finish joint ninth with Argentina. Changing coaches after a poor performance in a major tournament is not a new thing in Indian hockey. The practice dates back to the days of the then (now banned) Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) led by KPS Gill.
Gerhard Rauch from Germany was the first foreign coach of the Indian hockey team. He was appointed a few months before the 2004 Athens Olympics. Since then, Rick Charlesworth of Australia, Jose Brasa of Spain, Michael Nobbs and Terry Walsh of Australia, Paul van Ass of the Netherlands, Roelant Oltmans and Sjoerd Marin have finally joined the national team. In all these too, Reid was India’s most successful coach. Under his supervision, the Indian team achieved many other successes apart from the historic bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics.