Former hockey players present contrasting opinions on Graham Reid’s resignation

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“Graham Reid’s resignation is his personal decision, but ultimately someone has to take responsibility for this horrible spectacle,” Ajit Pal told PTI. “As Olympic bronze medalists, there were high expectations for India in this World Cup, but we were just below par in every area. We finished a lowly ninth place and I don’t think we could have fallen more. It’s the team’s worst performance.

“Change is always for good and I think Reid’s sacking will be good for the Indian team. I think now we want someone with new ideas who can bring the team back together.”

Singh, the only skipper to win the World Cup for India, was less than happy with the way the coaches went about their business. “The coaches must also be blamed because the guys looked tired and weary during the World Cup. I think it was not necessary to change the hearts of the winning Olympic team.”

On the other hand, another former skipper Sardar Singh believes that Reid should not have left now. “Reid’s resignation certainly didn’t come at the right time as we have the Asian Games this year and the Olympics next year. Now we have to wait and see what Hockey India will do. I hope Hockey India has a better person in charge to replace him and take the team to the next level,” he said.

“I don’t know what Hockey India is thinking, maybe they had something in mind before accepting Reid’s resignation. “A coach is only as good as players. The coach can only coach you and strategize, but it is the responsibility of the players to perform on the field,” said Sardar.

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