The wait is finally over for Indian men’s hockey team as the Sports Authority of India has given the green signal to the appointment of former Australian hockey player Graham Reid as new head coach of blue squad on Tuesday. Indian men’s hockey team have been surviving without head coach since last four month after sacking of Harender Singh. Reid’s appointment ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics, brings new hopes to Indian squad to secure their berth in next year’s Olympics. The first task for veteran hockey player after being appointed as Head Coach of Indian hockey team is to qualify the squad for Australian tour in May 2019.
The 55-year-old said on his appointment as India’s hockey team’s coach, It’s an honour and a privilege to be appointed as chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team. No other country has a history in this sport that can be compared to India”. He also added, “as an opposition coach I have enjoyed watching first hand, the steady rise of the Indian team to one of the most exciting and threatening team in world hockey”.
Reid was appointed as assistant coach of Australian squad in 2009 and later he moved on to the head coach’s position for Australian squad. Reid who is expected to come to India this week, led the Australian team to clinch the title of Commonwealth Games in 2014 along with World League 2015 and Champions Trophy in 2016. After the Aussies lost their quarterfinals match at Rio Olympics in 2016, Reid quitted his job and joined Netherlands team as assistant coach. Netherlands’ hockey team reached to the finals of 2018 Hockey World Cup and finished up as runners-up. Later, He also became the head coach of Amsterdam Hockey Club (AHC).