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Two years on, Michael Nobbs fails to convince Indian hockey giants
Michael Nobbs took over the job of coaching the Indian national hockey team in June 2011 and is expected to remain with the Indian team till the 2016 Olympics, as per his contract. He has thus completed two years with the Indian team, but has failed to impress former Indian hockey players, as he has not been able to win major trophies.

Fans and the stakeholders of Indian hockey had a lot of expectations from the Australian after he took over from Jose Brasa, a Spaniard. Ashok Kumar, former Indian hockey player said in this NNIS video, “All teams depend upon the results in the competition, which has been recognised by the FIH and big competitions, such as Olympics, Asiad, World cup etc. That team is better, which wins medal and we have not been successful in it. Nobb's team has not been successful.”

India finished fourth, eighth and last in 2013 Champions Trophy, 2010 World Cup, and 2012 Olympic Games respectively. A. K Bhansal, former coach of India, does not see anything good in Nobbs.

Mohammed Sahid, another former player, has some suggestions, which seem to be logical. “No doubt Nobbs was a great Australian player during our time. But, there have been great players who were born in India and they should be given a chance to coach India. It has been two years since Nobbs has joined the Indian team; look at India's performance in the Olympics, it was nothing. There are a number of good coaches in India as well. There were good Indian coaches in the Hockey Indian League. They should also be tried out,” he suggested.

Indian hockey has been taking a beating for a long time now. It is time for the complete overhaul of the structure to make the game popular at the grassroots and bring in more youth towards the game. There are very few takers for the game of hockey in urban India, hence the concerned authorities must look into such things to help hockey grow.

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