Graham Reid, head coach of the Indian men's hockey team, resigns

Graham Reid, head coach of the Indian men's hockey team, resigns

Graham Reid, the head coach of the Indian men's hockey team, announced his resignation on Monday in the wake of the host nation's dismal performance at the just finished World Cup.

Reid, who took over as India's coach in April 2019, helped the squad win a bronze medal in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The 58-year-old Australian handed up his resignation to Dilip Tirkey, the president of Hockey India, a day after the World Cup in Bhubaneswar came to an end and Germany defeated Belgium in a penalty shootout to win the tournament.

Reid announced his retirement by saying, "It is now time for me to stand aside and transfer the reins to the next management."

Reid served until the Olympic Games in Paris the following year.

"Working with the team and Hockey India has been a delight and an honor, and I have relished every minute of this amazing adventure. I'm hoping for the best for the squad "Added he.

Reid made the choice during a meeting with the players and support personnel in which HI CEO Tirkey and Secretary General Bholanath Singh discussed the team's performance and future plans.

Along with Reid, the team's scientific adviser Mitchell David Pemberton and analytical coach Greg Clark also submitted their resignations on Monday.

Before resigning from their positions, the three will provide one month's notice.

India saw great success under Reid, winning a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, an Olympic medal after 41 years, and third place in the 2021–22 FIH Hockey Pro League season.

In addition to his impressive performances with India, Reid also won the 2019 FIH Series Final. By winning the qualifications in Bhubaneswar the same year, the team qualified for the Tokyo Games.

The trio's resignations were accepted by Turkey, which promised to always be appreciative of their contributions.

According to him, "India will always be grateful to Graham Reid and his team of support workers who have given fantastic outcomes to the nation, especially the Olympic Games."

It's time for us to move on to a new strategy for our team since every journey has distinct stages. Hosts India entered the competition rated fifth in the world, however it was unable to go beyond the cross-over round after losing to lower-ranked New Zealand in a shootout.

The host squad, captained by Harmanpreet Singh, finally tied for ninth place with Argentina after winning classification games against South Africa 5-2 and Japan 8-0.