The Chief Coach of Indian Senior Men’s Hockey team Michael Nobbs has been sacked from his position.
Nobbs was appointed till Rio Olympics in 2016, but after seeing his performance (highlights are given below) in last two years, it is welcome decision taken by Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Hockey India (HI). Though the timing could be wrong as Asia Cup is approaching, which is the only chance for India to make it to The Hague after failing to qualify through Hockey World League Round 3 in Rotterdam, but it is not matter of discussion, whether he has resigned from the post or has been sacked.
Former Indian Coach and 1980 Olympics Gold Medalist, MK Kaushik, is inducted in coaching structure as National Coach, while the Dutch High Performance Director of India, Roelant Oltmans, will be the chief coach until the appointment of new chief coach. Kaushik, who had resigned as the national women’s hockey coach on charges of sexual harassment only to be absolved later, had coached men’s team to Gold 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok and the women’s team to bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games in 2006.
Before Nobbs, Spaniard Jose Barsa, Australian Ric Charlesworth and Germany’s Gerhard Rach coached the Indian side but were shown the doors due to several issues. Some the current players who played under Brasa feels he was way better than the Nobbs. While former players like Ajitpal Singh and Zafar Iqbal have welcomed the decision of sacking Nobbs, so does Pargat Singh, who played an important role as head of technical committee of Hockey India in Nobbs’ appointment as India’s chief coach.
Highlights of Nobbs’ Stint with Indian Hockey Team:
JUNE 2011: Appointed India coach till Rio 2016. First target was to qualify for 2012 Olympics in London.
AUGUST 2011: India won first edition of Asian Champions Trophy in Ordos, China, which was the first assignment of the Australian as Indian Hockey Team’s Coach
DECEMBER 2012: India failed to defend their title in 2nd Asian Champions Trophy
FEBRUARY 2013: India won Hockey World League Round 2, a 2nd tier tournament where all other teams were way below in FIH World Ranking in comparison to the hosts India.
JUNE 2013: India finished sixth at Hockey World league Round 3 in Rotterdam with only one win against France. Thus India failed to book ticket the Hague for World Cup in 2014.