Australian Micheal Nobbs appointed India’s hockey coach for five years

June 29, 2011. Delhi

Ending the speculation around the new Indian coach, IHF tpday annoced Micheal Nobbs as the new hockey coach of India. Nobbs would be joining team India on a contract of five years. The speculations were around appointing dutchman Oltman for the post but then looking at the Indian's performance against the aussies in the past years, it was mandatory to have somebody on board who can match there speed and ball handling capablities. On this occasion the newly appointed coach said " I am very excited, honoured and privileged to get this job"
Nobbs’ contract runs till the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and his pay cheque will start at 10,000 Australian dollars per month. His remuneration will be hiked by 10 per cent if the struggling Indian hockey team manages to qualify for the London Olympics next year. Nobbs can expect another hike if the team does well next year, as in a first in India hockey, his contract has a clause for performance-based incentives.
“Under my chairmanship, Sports Authority of India committee and Hockey India unanimously selected Nobbs as our coach for the period up to 2016 Rio Olympics,” SAI Director General Deepak Kumar told reporters.
“The selection was based on several factors, his experience, organising capabilities and the presentation he made before us. What weighed in his favour is the fact that the Australian style of hockey is similar to ours and we have decided to continue with that,” he added.
India has been looking for a foreign coach since Spaniard Brasa’s contract expired after the Asian Games last year.
HI then handed the reins to national coach Harendra Singh for last month’s Azlan Shah Cup last month but he failed to produce desired results in the tournament.


Dutchman Oltmans front-runner to get India hockey coach's job

Team India's issue of having a foreign hockey coach is about to be at end as Dutchman Oltmas is likely to be picked as the Indian foreign coach. The speculations were high since former Indian Coach Jose brasa left the team shortly after the Asian games, keeping a window open for the new coach. Dutchman Roelant Oltmans emerging as the front-runner to take over the job for a five-year term. Oltmans name emerged as the favourite after he appeared for an interview before the Sports Authority of India and Hockey India officials along with other two candidates - twice Olympic and world champion Jacques Brinkman of Netherlands and former Australian Olympian Michael Jack Nobbs.

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Bharti Mittal enters Indian Hokcey Arena

In one of the dramatic events of ever happening Indian hokcey arena, Bharti Mittal - The Indian Telecom King, is likely to join hands in development of Indian Hockey. According to the article published at Indian Express, Bharti Mittal would likely to come in to the game causing a end to the stir between the two federations. More details, Click here

Six Indian Players Selected for All Asian Hockey Team

Answering to the critics and fans came today a resucar for Indian Hockey, when 6 of current Indian Players were selected in the Asian All Star Team. This is indeed a great news for Indian Hockey who is surrounded by controversies after 2010 Asian Games.

Ace drag-flicker, Sandeep Singh shared the honours with captain Rajpal Singh, midfielder Arjun Halappa and defender Gurbaj Singh in the men’s category while in the women’s section defender Joydeep Kaur and 16-year-old striker Rani Rampal made the cut, according to a Hockey India release.

The All-Star team was selected recently by the Asian Hockey Federation based on the performance of the Guangzhou Games, where the Indian men’s team won a bronze medal but the eves missed out on the podium, finishing fourth.

Dhanraj Pillai wants to be the New Indian Hockey Coach

Already in the dilemma whether to pick a foreign coach or an local coach for Indian Hockey, the federation got an statement from Dhanraj Pillai saying that he is the best person for this job. Talking to reporters in Kolkata, he said removing Australian Ric Charlesworth from the coach's job was a blunder while appointing Brasa was a mistake.

Here in the city as coach of Air India in the ongoing Beighton Cup, Pillay said Hockey India should refrain from getting a foreign hand as they have so many legendary players in the country who can handle the task easily.

with KPS gill stating that local coaches are better than foreign coaches and the statement from Dhanraj Pillai has pushed the federation towards thinking this way now. But on the other hand Jose Brasa is still confidence in his role as Indian hockey coach. The fate of Indian Hockey still hungs in balance

India Decides on Next Hockey Coach

As India has virtually accepted that they are going to see a new face in Indian Hockey as a coach, our current Spanish coach is thinking on other terms. Chief hockey coach Jose Brasa, coming in from the Asian Games and before flying back to Spain, had decided to watch some domestic action last week, the first time he managed to do so during his year and a half stint here. He was pleased with what he saw, but not surprised. “Indians have always been talented, but what is lacking is planning,” he said.

After the sudden exit of coach harendra singh after Asian Games, The team is in dilemma regarding the new coach. As per the experts and federation, the indications are clear that after 1 and half year of service, team India is definitely looking for a new coach but the recent involvement of Jose Brasa and the support of the team has made the situations unpredictable.

Captain Rajpal Singh to Quit

Shortly after India's Asian Games Bronze medal, Team Captain Rajpal Singh has decided to quit from the position of captancy
Deeply hurt with the treatment meted out to him by chief coach Jose Brasa, a "powerless" Indian hockey captain Rajpal Singh today said he has decided to call it quits from the post and will soon air his views to the national federation (HI). Rajpal accused Brasa of constant "humiliation" during the World Cup earlier this year and said all these days he kept silent only for the sake of the team

Just before the World Cup in Delhi, a captaincy crisis rocked Indian hockey after Brasa vouched for senior player Prabhjot Singh to be made the skipper but the national selectors gave the responsibility to Rajpal.

Talking to media here in delhi Rajpal yadav expressed his greif & said
"I decided to keep quiet knowing that it would affect the team if I speak in the middle of important tournaments. I tried to give my 100 per cent as for any player playing the game is the first aim and rest is secondary.

"But now with no international tournament lying ahead for the next three months, I have decided enough is enough," said Rajpal, who plays for the Indian Oil Corporation. "In a day or two when I go to Delhi, I will meet senior officials, including (Hockey India secretary general) Narinder Batra and apprise them about the whole thing,".

Team India Returns Back on Friday

The Indian hockey team arrived in New Delhi on Friday after bagging a bronze medal in the XVIth Asian Games being held in Guangzhou, China.
The Indian men's hockey team defeated four time Asian Games champion South Korea 1-0 and won a bronze. This is the first bronze medal from team India after the 1986 Asian Games.

Team India had a great run in the Asian Games before being shocked by Malaysia in the semi-finals.
Skipper Rajpal Singh expressed satisfaction with the team result.
"We went to win the tournament because the team was in full rhythm, but due to one unlucky match we could not qualify for the final. But the overall performance of the team was very good, so we are happy," said Singh.

India's performance in the Asian Games has given the country hope about achieving a good medal haul at the London Olympics in 2012.

India looses in semis, National Coach Retires

Indian National hockey team Coach Retires after a shocking defeat from Malaysia at semi-finals of Asian Games 2010. Taking moral responsibility for the entire loss, chief coach Harendra Singh tendered his resignation with immediate effect.
Keeping in view the dismal performance of the Men's hockey team in the semifinal match against Malaysia on Nov 23, I hereby tender my resignation as the National Coach of the Men's Hockey Team with immediate effect. ''I accept the moral responsibility for the debacle at the 16th Asian Games, Guangzhou 2010,'' Singh wrote in a letter to Hockey India secretary general Narender Batra.
He also added

"I am grateful to Hockey India, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt of India and Sports Authority of India for all the support and encouragement I received during my tenure as a national coach. ''I am thankful to all the officials of the said organisations for giving me this wonderful opportunity to serve for the country."
''I would also convey my gratitude for the kind of unconditional support I received from my countrymen as well as well wishers form various countries during the said appointment. ''I would also like put on record the support I received for the members of the media. I would fail in my duty if I do not convey my sincere thanks to all my players and support staffs who have stood by me in each and every occasion during this eventful tenure."


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