Terry Walsh Flies Home, Leaves Indian Hockey in Lurch Weeks Before Champions Trophy

Terry Walsh is asking for additional leave with pay so that he can 'coach' India from home and via video conferencing.

Updated: November 18, 2014 20:27 IST
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New Delhi: India's hockey coach Terry Walsh today quit from his position after his contractual talks with Hockey India and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) broke down but a fresh proposal is still being worked out for the Australian's consideration. Walsh, whose contract was to come to an end Wednesday, had already submitted his resignation last month after his demands for a greater say in team decisions and hand-picked support staff were turned down by HI and SAI.

Walsh had been negotiating to stay on board and met Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Tuesday morning but the talks ended inconclusively, prompting the 60-year-old to head back to Australia without withdrawing his resignation. If Walsh doesn't return, India will be without their chief coach in next month's FIH Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar.

However, a fresh proposal will sent to him in the next couple of days for his consideration, leaving the door still open for his return to India. Walsh, who was present at a press conference, said that he was still optimistic about coaching the Indian team and that the fresh proposal would address all his demands. (Walsh Has Left Indian Hockey in Lurch: Nobbs)

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