Indian men’s hockey team chief coach Graham Reid on Monday resigned from his position following the host nation’s disastrous run at the just-concluded World Cup.
Reid, who was appointed India coach in April 2019, led the team to a historic bronze medal finish at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
The 58-year-old Australian submitted his resignation to Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey, a day after the conclusion of the World Cup in Bhubaneswar, where Germany beat Belgium in a penalty shoot-out to emerge as champions.
‘Privilege to work with Hockey India’
“It is now time for me to step aside and hand over the charge to the next management,” Reid said, announcing his retirement. Reid’s term was till next year’s Paris Olympics. “It has been an honour and privilege to work with the team and Hockey India and I have enjoyed every moment of this epic journey. I wish the team all the very best,” he added.
Reid took the decision after HI chief Tirkey and secretary general Bholanath Singh met with the players and support staff to discuss the team’s performance and strategy going forward.
Besides Reid, the team’s analytical coach Greg Clark and scientific advisor Mitchell David Pemberton also tendered their resignations on Monday morning. The trio will be serving a notice period of one month before relinquishing their duties.
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Had many successful outings with Team India
Under Reid, India achieved a lot of success, including an Olympic medal after 41 years, a silver in last year’s Birmingham Commonwealth Games and a third-place finish in the FIH Hockey Pro League season in 2021-22.
Reid’s successful outings with India also includes the FIH Series Final title victory in 2019. The team made the Tokyo Games by winning the qualifiers in Bhubaneswar in the same year.
Tirkey accepts his resignation
Tirkey accepted the trio’s resignations and said the country will always remain grateful for their services. “India will always have gratitude towards Reid and his team of support staff who have brought good results to the country, particularly the Olympic Games,” he said. “As all journeys move to different phases, it is now time for us to move on towards a new approach for our team.”
Hosts India started the tournament as fifth in world rankings but failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, losing to lower-ranked New Zealand in a shoot-out in the cross-over match.
The home team, led by Harmanpreet Singh, eventually finished joint ninth along with Argentina after defeating Japan 8-0 and South Africa 5-2 in classification matches.
(With Agency inputs)