Graham Reid front-runner for Indian men’s hockey team coach job

first_imgGraham Reid has emerged as the front-runner for the coach’s job of the Indian men’s hockey team.On Tuesday, Hockey India had a meeting with the officials of the Sports Authority of India. Confirming the meeting, Hockey India officials told Mail Today they had submitted names of three coaches and were awaiting a decision from the government.Even though the federation does the spadework for finding a coach, the final decision is with the sports ministry as they foot the wage bill. Graham Reid, the well-known Australian who served the Kookaburas as a durable player has been in the coaching business for a long time.After his tenure with the Australian team ended, he had been engaged with a club in Holland. The grapevine says after the club got to know of him applying for a job in India, they removed him. There is no doubting Reid has the credentials but everything now depends on the salary to be paid.Sources said his demand was certainly less compared to what Roelant Oltmans, former coach and high-performance director was getting from India. Oltmans is currently helping the Malaysian team.The second choice for coach is Jay Stacy. Even two months ago, Stacy had shown interest in the coaching job in India. He, too, has the credentials to be a good coach but a lot will depend on which way the sports ministry looks at their bios.The need for a foreign coach became pronounced after India’s experiments with Harendra Singh at the helm turned out to be a disaster. Under Harendra’s leadership, the team lost in the semi-finals to Malaysia at the Asian Games in Jakarta. After that, the Indian team lost in the quarter-finals at the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneshwar.advertisementA decision on the new foreign coach could be expected by the end of the week.last_img read more