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Hockey India starts coach selection process, expects new man before HIL

If everything goes according to plan, Indian men’s hockey team is expected to get a new foreign coach within a month, that is by the time the third season of Hockey India League (HIL) starts on January 22.

The process for selection of Australian Terry Walsh’s successor had already started with Hockey India formally putting out advertisements for the post yesterday, the deadline of which ends on December 31.

“The process has just begun yesterday because I and the entire Hockey India staff was busy with the Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar. December 31 is the deadline for interested coaches from all over the world to submit their applications,” said India’s High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of finding the new coach.

“We already have so many people who are interested in the job. If you ask me, I will like the new coach to be appointed before the next HIL so that we can witness and have a fair bit of idea about the players whom he will be working with,” said the Dutchman on the sidelines of the launch of Hockey India’s Online Academy Platform.

“But in the end everything depends on the quality of applicants.” The high-profile post has been lying vacant since the last one month when Walsh suddenly quit from his position. After guiding India to their first Asian Games gold in 16 years, the Australian surprised all and sundry by resigning from his post citing bureaucratic red-tapism and asked for a greater say in team decisions and support staff.

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