HI can’t ignore me now, says Harendra

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2017 09:29:43


TIPPED as the front-runner to succeed Roelant Oltmans, World Cup-winning junior coach Harendra Singh is set to apply for the vacant senior men’s team coach and feels he is best suited for the role.
Harendra, who was associated with the senior men’s team as national coach from 2009 to 2011, believes his credentials are at par with all the foreign coaches in the world and his application would be hard to ignore for Hockey India.

“Yes, I will definitely apply, there is no ambiguity in it. But I will submit my application after doing all the home work. I am willing to take over and I promise I will deliver to the expectations of the countrymen,” Harendra told PTI.
“I have 21 years of coaching experience and I am going to prepare a blueprint for 2020. My target is always to win a medal in any tournament because I am a desh bhakt (patriot) and I always want to see the tri-colour flying high.”

“A foreign coach will have to start from the scratch. He will not be aware of all the players. But I know these group of players in and out,” he added.
Asked whether how confident he was of getting the position, Harendra, the non-Olympian coach, said: “They (HI) can’t ignore me now. I think I’m 100 per cent in the league of the top foreign coaches of the world.
“But I want to make it clear that I won’t work under any foreign coach except for Ric Charlesworth.”

HI invites applications for chief coach HOCKEY India (HI) on Tuesday invited applications for the vacant post of national men’s team’s chief coach in its website, just three days after removing Dutchman Roelant Oltmans unceremoniously from the helm of affairs.
Taking a cue from the BCCI, the HI advertised for the position for the first time in its website.

According to the advertisement, the chief coach will be given a three-year term till December 31 ie 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games cycle, subject to the satisfactory completion of a six-month probation period.
The selected chief coach will report to HI High Performance Director David John and CEO Elena Norman and his principal employer Sports Authority of India (SAI).

The advertisement further states that the chief coach willbe responsible for leading the national senior men’s team for the Olympic qualification 2018, with aviewto achieving success at world level hockey and Olympic Games. In addition, the chief coach will need to oversee the development and preparationsof the national junior men’s team during the term.

The chief coach will also be required to submit regular reports to the management on the status of the national teams and the core probables programme.
As per the advertisement, the applicant should possess high performance coaching qualifications Level 3 of International Hockey Federation (FIH) or experience of successful achievements at the international level in a coaching capacity.

The desired applicant should also have the knowledge of other men’s international teams with the ability to provide offensive and defensive strategies among others. He should also have the ability to attain excellence from players, coaches, staff and all stakeholders through the establishment of a winning culture. The desired candidates should submit their applications via email, including a cover letter to HI CEO by September 15.