Upset over India’s disastrous show at the London Games, Olympian Michael Kindo today demanded removal of coach Michael Nobbs immediately for openly slamming players when they were midway through the Games.
“While I feel very sorry for the players, I did not like Nobbs’ negative views after the team lost a couple of matches. The job of a coach is to motivate players and get then ready for the next one without dissecting the results of the lost one,” Kindo, a member of the bronze medal winning team in the 1972 Munich Olympics, said. “But (instead) Nobbs criticised the players, so he should be sacked forthwith,” added the 1975 World Cup winning team member.
Still waiting to taste a win in the 12-team tournament in the ongoing Olympics, India would now play for the last two positions.
“How sad, to watch India playing for the last two positions, the worst performance by us in the Olympic hockey history, as the winner of maximum eight gold medals and ending up at the bottom simultaneously,” he said.
Advocating early merger of Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation, Kindo expressed disappointment at leaving out some good players from selection for the Olympic team just because they had played World Hockey Series.
“In the interest of the players and to revive the glorious days, both Hockey India and IHF should merge without any more delay,” Kindo added.
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