(Image source from: Time to change Coach)
Former coach of Indian Hockey team Michael Nobbs said that is a good time to appoint a home grown product to take up the national coach's job ahead of the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, for which Indian squad already qualified.
"I wouldn't worry about the coaches -- they come and go. The real key are the players. Hockey India is doing a great job. Why not put an Indian coach for the job? You have 18 months to go. You are the first team to qualify for the Olympics. Why not give someone from India a chance," the Australian said. He also added that Hockey India may not pay heed to his suggestion.
Naming a few who he thought could do the coaching job well, Nobbs said: "You have Cedric D'souza, M K Kaushik, Harendra Singh and Jude Felix and I am sure there are many more. Harendra is now an FIH (recognised) coach. It is just my suggestion to select an Indian coach but they (HI) are not going to accept it. They will go with a foreign coach. That's okay as well. You have to be optimistic and go forward."
Nobbs, India coach from June 2011 to July 2013, is happy with the progress made by the Indian men's hockey team since his departure to his compatriot Terry Walsh. He has been feeling happy and forecasted that Indian Team will ascend the medal rostrum at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.