Terry Walsh to take over as Indian men's hockey head coach

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:54
he Indian men's hockey team's chief coach's post, lying vacant for almost three months, is going to be filled soon —by yet another Australian. Former striker and renowned coach Terry Walsh is all set to occupy the post after the Sports Authority of India (SAI) recommended his name to the sports ministry for approval. Walsh will replace country mate Michael Nobbs.

After the ministry's green signal, the Australian will be given his appointment letter in a day or two, SAI director general Jiji Thomson said. Once appointed, Walsh's contract would run till 2016 with periodic review of his performance once every three months. Walsh is recognized as a Master Coach by the International Hockey Federation (FIH),

The post was lying vacant after Nobbs resigned in July on health grounds. Thomson said the Australian would be getting Aus $ 12,500 (Rs 7.2 lakh approx) as remuneration per month, which is Aus $ 1500 more than what Nobbs got.

A member of the 1986 World Cup winning Australian team, Walsh was one of the four candidates whose names were shortlisted to take up the job and the Australian's name was recommended taking into account his credentials as a player and a coach, Thomson told TOI. The SAI DG confirmed that there was no Indian in the race. "A standing committee comprising top SAI and sports ministry officials has decided in Walsh's favour. His name has been sent to the ministry for its approval," he said.

The former Australian coach would be the fourth foreigner to be appointed to the post, after Germany's Gerhard Rach, Spain's Jose Brasa and Australia's Nobbs. Interestingly, all the three former coaches had to quit before completing their contract term, though for different reasons.

Following Nobb's departure, Hockey India's high performance manager Roelant Oltmans had taken charge of the team.

The 59-year-old Walsh was a member of the Olympic silver-medal winning Australian team in 1976 and later coached the national team to a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games. He served as head coach of the Australian men's team from 1997-2000.

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