Nobbs named hockey coach for India

Australian Michael Jack Nobbs was appointed India's hockey coach for a unique five-year period, ending weeks of rumor over the job left vacant by Spaniard Jose Brasa."I am very excited, honoured and privileged to get this job," said the 57-year-old, who was part of Australia's team for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Nobbs' contract runs till the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and his pay cheque will start at 10,000 Australian dollars per month.

His salary will be hiked by 10 per cent if the stressed Indian hockey team manages to qualify for the London Olympics next year. Nobbs can wait for another hike if the team does well next year as in a first in India hockey, his contract has a section for performance-based incentives."Under my chairmanship, Sports Authority of India committee and Hockey India generally chosen Nobbs as our coach for the period upto 2016 Rio Olympics," SAI Director General Deepak Kumar told.

"The selection was based on some factors, his experience, organising capabilities and the management he made before us."What weighed in his favour is the fact that the Australian style of hockey is related to ours and we have decided to continue with that," he added. Nobbs beat contest from Dutch legends Roelant Oltmans and Jacques Brinkman, who is a twice Olympic and world champion. India has been looking for a overseas coach since Spaniard Brasa's contract expired after the Asian Games last year.


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