Focus is on job, can’t react to criticism: Marijne

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Sep 2017 09:21:55




INDIAN men’s hockey team’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne on Saturday made it clear that he is not bothered by critics questioning his appointment as he has to deliver results.
“I cannot do anything about what people talk about me. I am just focusing on what I can do as a coach. My quest is to build team, which can give results on regular basis,” Marijne told PTI.

Marijne was associated with women’s national team before being appointed as the chief coach of the men’s team. But by his own admission, he has coached more men’s team.
“In the last eight years, I had coached more men’s teams more than women’s. I feel confident about this job and that is most important thing for me right now.” Replying to a query, Marijne said the women’s squad were disappointed about his appointment, for they would be missing him for whatever good work they had been executing.

“Yeah, they were disappointed because they were happy with what we were doing. I am happy that they were disappointed because if they weren’t that would have meant I was not doing my job properly,” he said.
Reacting to outgoing coach Oltmans’ remarks that foreign coaches in India need to be prepared for getting sacked, Marijne said he does not want to focus on issues which distracts him.

Replying to a query, Marijne said the biggest challenge for him is to know the team better in next following months. “I do not know how the team reacts to pressure. How are they faring in tournaments? What is their behaviour? Things like that, I would want to know in following months,” he said.
Marijne was made coach as he understood Indian culture: John

HOCKEY India’s High Performance Director David John on Saturday said Sjoerd Marijne was appointed coach of the national men’s team as he “understood” the Indian culture after working with the women for six months.
Women’s national hockey coach Marijne was earlier this month named chief coach of the Indian men’s team—a stunning decision given that the Dutchman has no prior experience of handling a senior men’s side.

“Marijne had a slight advantage over others, for he understood the Indian culture while he was working with the Indian women’s team for the last six months. From that perspective, that is really important for having been here before,” he told PTI here in an interview.
A section of experts termed Marijne’s appointment a “hurried and surprising” move.

John further said the appointment was made quickly for the stability of the team ahead of Asia Cup, which is scheduled for next month.
“We had very good applicants in very short period of time. The problem was Asia Cup, which was ten days away. We had to make a decision quickly for the stability of team. We made a decision between three applicants very quickly,” he said.

The appointment of new coach would have taken six months and even some more time for him to understand the Indian culture, John said.