New Delhi: In an anticipated move, Hockey India on Thursday named Harendra Singh as the coach of men’s team. He took over the reins from Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne, who returned to his job as Chief Coach of the women’s team.
The change of guard for the men’s team came on expected lines after the unsatisfactory performance in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games. India, which had clinched a medal in previous two outings, had to satisfy itself with fourth-place finish.
Ever since, talks have been doing rounds on the team selection as well as coaching methods of Marijne.
Harendra Singh, on the other hand, has successfully led the Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team to Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Lucknow 2016 title. He was later appointed as Chief Coach of Indian women’s team and led them to title finish at the Asia Cup title in Japan last year.
“It is an honour for me to now manage the Indian Men’s Hockey team. It has been a very satisfying journey with the Indian Women’s Hockey team and I would like to thank Hockey India for entrusting me with the new role as we prepare ourselves for a very important season ahead,” Harendra Singh said after taking over as the coach.