Indian Hockey: Argentina’s Max Caldas and Netherlands’ Siegfried Aikman are in the fray to replace Graham Reid, who has resigned after the Indian team’s dismal show in the recent World Cup.
According to the sources in Indian Hockey, the federation is in talks with foreign coaches. The post was lying vacant after Australia’s Reid resigned after finishing joint ninth in the World Cup, the source said.
“We expected the team’s performance to improve after winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics but the standard of the team has gone down,” the source said on condition of anonymity. Reid has done a great job and helped India win an Olympic medal but the team’s performance has gone down sharply of late.”
“We are in discussion with two-three candidates but be assured that we will bring in the best coach who can take India to the next level,” he added.
It is learned that apart from Caldas, Aikman is also a strong contender for the post, who has not been paid by the Pakistan Hockey Federation for the last 10 months.
Asked if the name of an Indian coach would also be considered for the position, the source said, “Aap batayiye who is the best coach in India at the moment? If you give the name, we will definitely consider it.”
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