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Had advocated hockey coach's removal: Pargat Singh

Sanjeev Bhalla, Hindustan Times   Jalandhar, July 09, 2013
First Published: 15:26 IST(9/7/2013) | Last Updated: 16:44 IST(9/7/2013)

Former Indian hockey captain Pargat Singh on Tuesday said that change in coaching structure and its mechanism in Indian hockey can return the golden era of the game.

He was talking to HT while reacting on the sacking of Indian's chief hockey coach Michael Nobbs.
Nobbs, who was appointed as the head coach of the national men's team for five years in 2011 on the recommendations of technical committee headed by Pargat Singh, was sacked on Tuesday for poor performances.
"I have advocated his removal few days back because he failed to deliver." he said.


"To enthuse life in this game whole system needs revamp and fresh insight," he added.
"Most of the players are grown up and they cannot be forced to play in changed strategies. They need motivation and confidence building, which Nobbs failed to deliver. Also he could not adopt the Indian atmosphere," he said.

"He (Nobbs) was appointed as chief coach for a five-year tenure. He completed two years of his job but did Hockey India ever assess his performance? Did the federation take any feedback from the players and other coaches on his style of working? He was never approached for feedback and neither had he given any report to Hockey India as per my information," former Indian defender added.

"He was brought to change the coaching structure. A plan was to attach 10-15 coaches from India along with him so that they can learn his coaching skills and he, in turn, can use the work style of Indian coaches in planning the best strategies for uplifting the game," said Pargat.

"Our players failed to understand which system to follow because Nobbs is from Australia and our high performance manager Roelant Oltmans is from Holland," Pargat said.

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