After India’s shock exit from the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup, chief coach Graham Reid submitted his resignation to Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey on Monday (30 Jan). Reid, who was appointed India coach in April 2019, led the team to a historic bronze medal finish at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. However, he could not guide hosts India to the ultimate glory as the Harmanpreet Singh-led team lost to New Zealand in the crossover match.
Analytical coach Greg Clark and scientific advisor Mitchell David Pemberton also stepped down from their respective positions. All three will be serving their notice period over the next month.
"It is now time for me to step aside and hand over the reins to the next management," Reid said, announcing his retirement. "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," he added.
Having accepted Reid's resignation along with Greg and Mitchell's, Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey said, "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."
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