Indian men's hockey team head coach Graham Reid resigns
Bhubaneswar (Odisha), January 30: Indian men's hockey national team head coach Graham Reid on Monday tendered his resignation. This comes a day after the conclusion of the 2023 FIH Men's Hockey World Cup with just over a year to go for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
"Indian Men's Hockey Team Chief Coach Graham Reid submitted his resignation to Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey, a day after the conclusion of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela. The President, Hockey India along with Secretary General Bholanath Singh met with players and the support staff of the team to understand and analyse the team's performance and strategy for the way ahead," Hockey India said.
Notably, Analytical Coach Greg Clark and Scientific Advisor Mitchell David Pemberton also resigned on Monday morning. Now, all three will be serving their notice period over the next month.
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Reid and his support staff were a part of the Indian Team's historic Bronze Medal feat at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Silver Commonwealth Games medal in 2022, and third-place finish in the FIH Hockey Pro League season in 2021/22. Reid's successful tenure as Chief Coach with the team includes the FIH Series Final title victory in 2019.
Talking about his stint with the Indian side since 2019, Reid stated that "It is now time for me to step aside and hand over the reigns to the next management. It has been an honour and privilege to work with the team and Hockey India and I have enjoyed every moment of this epic journey. I wish the team all the very best."
Following the acceptance of Reid's resignation, as well as Greg and Mitchell's, Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey stated, "India will always have gratitude towards Graham Reid and his team of support staff who have brought good results to the country, particularly the Olympic Games. As all journeys move to different phases, it is now time for us to move on towards a new approach for our team."