Indian coaches not good enough for modern hockey

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 10, 2013 12:14 hrs

Australian hockey legend Ric Charlesworth is in favour of a foreign coach for India as he feels Indian coaches “are not good enough to fulfil the requirements” of the modern-day game.

“I think India needs a foreign expert. I can say it from my experience that Indian coaches are not good enough to fulfil the requirements of modern hockey,” Charlesworth said.

Charlesworth said he was surprised by India’s decision to select Nobbs over Roelant Oltmans for the chief coach’s post.

“There are many questions. Firstly, if I was given a choice between Oltmans and Nobbs, I would have chosen the Oltmans who is more experienced,” he said.

“Why did they choose Nobbs then? And if he was made the coach, he should have been given the support he needed,” said Charlesworth.

Charlesworth also feels that a good structure and long-term planning is the need of the hour for Indian hockey, which is struggling to regain its glorious past.

“I think it is not easy to work without support. What Indian hockey need at the moment is a good structure. They must have long-term plans. India must provide whatever support a coach needs, and the expectations should also be realistic,” he told PTI Bhasha.

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