Hockey coach Graham Reid, support staff tender resignations

Hockey coach Graham Reid

BHUBANESWAR: Men's hockey chief coach Graham Reid, along with his support staff, Monday collectively submitted their resignations Monday following Team India's forgettable 9th-place finish at the just-concluded 2023 Hockey World Cup. 

Reid, a former Australian midfielder who took over in 2019 and played a key role in the team winning a Bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, analytical coach Greg Clark and scientific advisor Mitchell David Pemberton, tendered their resignations on Monday morning. All three will be serving their notice period over the next month.

Reid and his team have been part of the Indian team's historic Bronze medal feat at the Tokyo Olympics, Commonwealth Games Silver in 2022, as well as securing third place in the FIH Hockey Pro League season in 2021/22. Among Reid's successful outing as chief coach with the team includes the FIH Series Final title victory in 2019.

Talking about his stint with the Indian side since 2019, Reid said, "It is now time for me to step aside and handover the reigns to the next management. It has been an honour and privilege to work with the team and Hockey India and I have enjoyed every moment of this epic journey. I wish the team all the very best.”

Having accepted Reid's resignation along with Greg and Mitchell's, Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey said, "India will always have gratitude towards Graham Reid and his team of support staff who have brought good results to the country, particularly the Olympic Games. As all journeys move to different phases, it is now time for us to move on towards a new approach for our team.”