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India sack hockey coach Rach

December 13, 2004 20:15 IST

India fired the first foreign coach of their men's hockey team barely five months after his controversial appointment before the Athens Olympics.

Germany's Gerhard Rach was axed after the team slumped to fourth in the elite six-nation Champions Trophy which ended in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday.

"Rach was only a short-term arrangement. He has no value to continue," Indian Hockey Federation secretary K Jothikumaran told Reuters on Monday.

Rach was surprisingly given the job a month before the Olympics in August after formerdefender Rajinder Singh was abruptly removed.

India, winners of eight Olympic gold medals, slumped to seventh in the competition, however, amid reports of rows between the coach and senior players.

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Sub: Indian Coach

Will Indian Hockey Federation stop playing havoc with Indian Hockey and come out with a transparent long term plan to revive it ? The entire ...

Posted by Dr. Praful Khurana

Sub: Sack Mr. Gill first

Who will sack KPS Gill and his cronies. Is t always the coach or the players responsible for the team performance, where is the accountability ...

Posted by Promod

Sub: Victory for Indian Hockey Team..

Atlast, a very good decision by Indian Hockey Team management. Hope our team will again regain the pride, it had in the past. All the ...

Posted by arumugam

Sub: Scapegoats are forever

The IHF has been run like the personal fiefdom of Gill. He's the guy to be sacked for taking umpteen wrong decisions in dropping players ...

Posted by Alan Collaco

Sub: Sack those who appointed Rach!

All those responsible for appointing this guy who has been an absolute failure and embarassment to India and the Indian players should be sacked first. ...

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