Jalandhar: Rajinder Singh Jr is the fourteenth hockey coach to be shown the door under KPS Gill's tenure as President of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). The former Punjab and Sind Bank coach lost his job as national hockey coach after five tournaments in which India's performance was so appalling that the highest placed finish was 6th out of 12 teams at the Commonwealth Games. Rajinder insists that constant interference from the Federation is what got in the way of his job. He specifically named the IHF Secretary K Jothikumaran. "When we were in Pakistan, he was all the time calling me and asking me to make changes in the team. I told him that I would speak to Gill and then make the changes, but he did not listen to me. "This wasn't the only time, sometimes in the middle of a match he would call me up and disturb me and start putting pressure on me," said Rajinder. Free of intervention Rajinder is not the first to point a finger at Jothikumaran and probably will not be the last. His predecessor German Gerhard Rach too had launched a scathing attack on the secretary a few weeks after he had been relieved of his duties as national coach. Current incumbent V Baskaran in his third stint as national coach had also attacked officials of the IHF after he was unceremoniously sacked after the 2000 Sydney Olympics. "I want that the Indian team does well and is number one in the world. If Baskaran is the coach, then we will fully support him. I wish Baskaran all the best. "But he should be allowed to work and there should be no interference in his work regardless of what the issues are. Because if you start interfering in his work, then it puts a lot of pressure on him," added Rajinder. Indian hockey however, continues to live by its own mantra. Through thick and thin the federation bosses continue to reign supreme. KPS Gill and K Jothikumaran have been untouchable for the last 12 years, a period where India's only major success has been the 1998 Asian Games gold medal in Bangkok and a junior world cup title in Australia.
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