Graham Reid appointed as Indian men’s hockey team coach

New Delhi: Australian Graham Reid was appointed as the men’s hockey national team chief coach till the end of 2020. This was ratified on Monday after Hockey India received necessary clearance from the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

It has been learnt that Reid has been handed a term till the end of next year but his tenure can be extended till 2022 FIH World Cup depending upon his performance.

According to a Hockey India official, Reid is expected to draw a salary of USD 15,000 per month and will be shifting base to Bengaluru with his family.

“Graham Reid is backed by a successful career as a player and also comes with strong coaching experience, having worked with the Australian and the Netherlands national teams. We are hopeful his experience and expertise will help the Indian team achieve desirable results leading up to and at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” HI president Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad said.

“It’s an honour to be appointed as chief coach of the Indian team. As an opposition coach, I have enjoyed watching the steady rise to one of the most exciting and threatening teams in world hockey. I have a passion for the fast and attacking brand of hockey that India plays which marries closely with the Australian style,” Reid said.

His first big assignment would be the Hockey Series Finals in June, one of the qualifying events for the Tokyo Olympics.

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