Within days of returning with the triumphant Indian team from Perth, Terry Walsh is back in Australia, probably never to return again as India's chief hockey coach. The sports minister and the Sports Authority of India may want Walsh to stay, but Hockey India is not keen to have the Aussie back. Walsh's year-long contract with SAI expires on Wednesday.
Walsh is eyeing the job of the High Performance Manager in Australian hockey and given his health, advancing age and wish to spend more time at home and family, working Down Under looker a much better bet. Among many of his demands to SAI, Walsh reportedly wants four months leave with pay with an option to coach via video-conferencing. (Indian hockey will suffer without Walsh: Oltmans)
While it will be difficult for SAI to justify such an exceptional demand, especially when it employs several other foreign coaches, allegations of financial fraud heaped on Walsh by Hockey India president Narinder Batra will make it difficult for the Aussie to work in a hostile atmosphere. Freedom by his employers SAI is not good enough.