Australia’s Graham Reid set to be appointed India’s new men’s hockey coach

New Delhi, March 28, 2019: Australian is set to be named the Indian men’s team till after the national federation and the Authority of gave their go ahead to fill the position lying vacant for nearly three months.

Reid’s name was finalised in a meeting between and SAI officials on Tuesday. He was picked over a number of candidates, including Jay Stacy, another Australian and a three-time Olympic medallist according to the reports published in business-standard.com.

“Reid’s contract is expected to be till 2022 but as has been case in the past, the NSF will review his performance after every tournament,” the source told 

The Indian men’s team is without a after the unceremonious sacking of Harendra Singh in January following a less-than-impressive quarterfinal exit at in Bhubaneswar last year.

A veteran of 130 international matches, Reid was a member of the Australian team that won the silver medal in the 1992 Barcelona  A disciple of the legendary Ric Charlesworth, Reid was his in the Australian team for five years before being elevated to the top position in 2014.

He was Australia’s at the 2016 Rio but quit after the Kookaburras failed to finish on the podium.

In 2017, Reid took up the post of of his former club as well as coach of the team. But earlier this month, he was dismissed as coach following which speculations started about him taking up the job.

According to the reports published in business-standard.com the ministry said that Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who returned to the national capital on Tuesday night after campaigning in for the upcoming general election, will give his nod by this week.

“The Sports is very busy with the and a decision in this regard is expected to be taken at the level after discussions with the Minister,” the said.

“But from our side, Reid’s appointment is now just a formality as we always go by the recommendations of the National Sports Federations and SAI in this matter,” he added.

Even though Reid would be given a long rope till 2022, a federation source said qualifying for next year’s Tokyo would be the Australian’s biggest test and his future with India would depend on it.

Reid is expected to draw a salary of USD 12,000 per month.

Once finalised, Reid is expected to join next month after the conclusion of the ongoing Azlan Shah Cup, where India are playing under and both of whom are also Australian.

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