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Graham Reid gets Charlesworth’s backing

Ric Charlesworth.   | Photo Credit: BiswaranjanRout

The Indian men’s month-long hockey camp began coach-less on Monday morning, but by evening new chief coach Graham Reid’s appointment was confirmed by Hockey India.

Reid’s appointment had been held up by the Sports Ministry following differences over his salary. But even before the news of his confirmation became official, Reid received a vote of confidence from Ric Charlesworth, the man considered the undisputed guru of modern hockey.

Reid was assistant to Charlesworth with Australia for six years before the latter called it a day after winning the 2014 World Cup. Reid was asked to step into his shoes.

Aware

“Reid knows the international scene and all teams and players — that is crucial for someone taking over, with the Olympics next year,” Charlesworth told The Hindu.

 

Unlike many, Charlesworth is also aware of the present Indian set-up, having watched closely during the 2018 World Cup as part of the expert broadcast panel. And he believes Reid is the best person to help the team take the next step.

“He is the best person to help (India) as his approach will fit India’s skills-set and general approach. They are less effective if they play ‘safe’. India is on the cusp yet need a little more belief and some polishing to take the next step,” he said.

Interestingly, Charlesworth also hoped former National coach Harendra Singh would be part of the set-up.

“Reid is a good collaborator and will be able to work with those already there — I expect Harendra might be able to contribute too,” Charlesworth said.

Also interesting would be to see how Reid handles the senior players in the side under the current policy of ‘younger legs’.

Word of caution

Charlesworth had axed the likes of Jamie Dwyer after 2014 to build a new Aussie team for Rio but Reid brought them back, insisting there was no substitute for experience.

Charlesworth, however, had a word of caution. “I believe they need to give Reid the time to make a difference.

“The biggest threat is he may not be given the time to polish this team — he needs to start soon,” he said.


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