We need hardworking coaches: Gill

Hockey Federation chief KPS Gill said that there was nothing wrong with the tactics applied by Gerhard Rach.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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The beleaguered Indian hockey coach Gerhard Rach received a vote of confidence from the Indian Hockey Federation chief KPS Gill who said that there was nothing wrong with his tactics. Gill said that the coach could draw up a strategy but it was the responsibility of the players to execute it. Those not cooperating with the coach have no place in the team. Nothing wrong in the tactics "There was nothing wrong with the tactics, it was proved with our victory against Korea. We don't want coaches who lick the boots of the players. We want coaches who want discipline and who can make the players work hard," said Gill. "The players have to implement the tactics. The coach cannot go and score the goals for the team. He can guide you but the players on the field have to do the job," he added. The IHF supremo also made it clear that he would not tolerate indiscipline in the team and would not hesitate to crack the whip on those players flouting the code of conduct. "Hockey is a team game and nobody is above the game. We will not tolerate any indicipline," said Gill. No action taken Gill, however, said that the federation was not contemplating taking disciplinary action against players like Dhanraj Pillay and Prabhjot Singh for openly criticising the tactics of Rach during the tournament. "They had assured us that they would not write anything controversial. But they have betrayed those assurances, we will stop them from writing now," Gill said. Asked whether India's seventh place finish in the Olympic Games was mainly because coach Rach did not get the support of the seniors in the team, Gill felt that the team could have gone much better for certain reasons he did not wish to discuss. Gill said that there was very little scope for individual play in modern hockey which has become very fast over the years. Team effort "Today because of the speed with which hockey is played, there is no scope for individuals. All the 11 players have to play, not just one player. So I don't believe that anybody is a senior or a junior when he is playing for the country, " said Gill. Gill maintained that India could have secured a berth in the semi-finals as they played magnificently in the first three matches but the defeat against New Zealand through a controversial goal upset the calculations to a great extent. (PTI)