Former chief coach of Indian Men’s Hockey team Michael Nobbs thinks India should try home-grown coach till Rio 2016 Olympics. This website, www.thefansofhockey.com, had a chat with Nobbs, when he was in Bangalore on a business trip.
While talking about the current scenario of Indian Hockey, he said, “India has already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics by winning Asian Games 2014. So they are not under pressure of playing for Olympic berth in Hockey World League. Indian team is young but experienced.“
After Terry Walsh episode, Hockey India is looking for chief coach, most probably a foreigner. It is speculated that a dutch man could get in this role. But Michael Nobbs thinks it is a real good chance for India to try a home-grown coach.
He said, “Since India does not have pressure of Olympic qualification, they should give a chance to an Indian coach. Having a good team at disposal, this is a great opportunity to test and give exposure to an Indian coach at the games.“
“With barely 18 months to Rio 2016, any coach will not have enough time to make huge impact on an already settled team.” he added.
While having the discussion on his stint in India, former Chief Coach of Indian Hockey Team reiterated that he was not sacked by Hockey India, but he had quit from the position due to his deteriorating health.
Nobbs was full on praise for Junior India team on their recent performances, and he said, “With juniors having put up significant good performances recent, India should plan and target for podium finish in 2020 at Tokyo Olympics, while 4-6 bracket will be good result at Rio.“
Former Kukaburras, Michael, who played for Australia in 1984 Olympics, felt that International Hockey Federation might not have thought through fully before bringing in changes rules such as new rule for long corner. He showed his concern about the safety of the players and said, “It’s dangerous. rules should be for everybody including children, club players to veterans, etc not only for international players.“