If all goes well, double Olympian Terry Walsh could be Indian hockey's next chief coach. An official announcement is expected in a week's time. Walsh will replace fellow-Australian Michael Nobbs, who resigned on health grounds in July this year.
Walsh's appointment is subject to clearance from the Sports Authority of India that pays the salaries of all foreign coaches. It is understood that the 60-year-old Walsh is negotiating his price with the SAI and Hockey India officials and he is not expected to come cheap.
With India virtually assured of a place in the World Cup in The Hague next year, the need of a chief coach has become imperative. High performance manager Roelant Oltmans doubled up as head coach during the Asia Cup in Malaysia in August-September, but with the Dutchman responsible for overall high performance development of Indian hockey, finding a chief coach for the senior men's team is high on HI's agenda.