Roelant Oltmans realises the burden of expectations he will carry as an interim coach of the national hockey team during the Asia Cup but the Dutchman is confident that adversity will bring the best out of him.
“I am there for just 6 weeks. But I am up for the challenge otherwise I wouldn’t have accepted the offer. I love such situations because I love to handle pressure. It motivates me to do better,” Oltmans, who will coach the team after the unceremonious exit of Michael Nobbs, said.
The legendary Dutch coach said that his focus will primarily be on three things - preparation, performance and result.
“I know Indian team will feel the pressure but I am focussed at preparing my wards well for the Asia Cup. What I have to look at in these six weeks will be preparation, performance and then results. A good preparation will get you performance and from a good performance comes results and that’s what I have always believed in,” he stated in a confident tone."
Oltmans, who is also the High Performance manager with the Hockey India (HI) knows that his task is cut out.
“My immediate task is quite clear. We have a short period of time at our disposal — exactly six weeks and in that period, I have to prepare a good team which is capable of winning the Asia Cup,” he said. “In the last 2 years we have improved out fitness levels. But there are three areas, which we need to focus on -- possession, non-possession and turnovers. In these areas, we have to make clear improvements. We will work our hearts out to get this done.”
Kaushik replaces sacked Nobbs
Hockey India on Wednesday appointed Olympic gold medallist Maharaj Kishan Kaushik as the men’s hockey team coach replacing the sacked Michael Nobbs. “I am happy with my appointment with the senior men’s team. I have experience of working with different people from the coaching fraternity and will give my best,” said Kaushik, who was a member of the 1980 Olympic gold medal-winning team.