IHF hints at appointing foreign coach

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

The IHF indicated that it may appoint a foreign coach to reverse the fortunes of the team which was 'lacking in motivation'.

IHF hints at appointing foreign coach

Amstelveen:

In the backdrop of India's pathetic display in the ongoing Champions Trophy hockey tournament, the Indian Hockey Federation indicated that it may appoint a foreign coach to reverse the fortunes of the team which was "lacking in motivation". "It is a possibility (appointing a foreign coach), but right now, I would not like to say anything on this subject," said IHF secretary general K Jothikumaran. The Indian team, which had raised hopes of breaking the Champions Trophy jinx after their recent victories in Sydney and Hamburg, has failed to make much of an impact, losing three of their four matches in the tournament so far. "I am not happy with the approach of the team. The players seem to be lacking in motivation and also a game plan," Jothikumaran said in a tacit admission of the sorry plight of the team. Asked whether his observation could be construed as a reflection of improper coaching, Jothikumaran said, "I have no comments to make about the coaching at this point. But you could see for yourself that we repeatedly missed chances and our midfield was not functioning effectively." He also dodged a question as to whether the IHF was happy with coach Rajinder Singh in the light of the team's dismal performance in the tournament. "We will take up the issue only after the tournament. But right now, I would not like to comment on this," he said. (PTI)

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