India’s chief hockey coach Terry Walsh quit from his position after his contractual talks with Hockey India and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) broke down but a fresh proposal is still being worked out for the Australian’s consideration.
Walsh, whose contract was to come to an end on Wednesday, had already submitted his resignation last month after his demands for a greater say in team decisions and hand-picked support staff were turned down by HI and SAI.
He had been negotiating to stay on board and met sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal this morning but the talks ended inconclusively, prompting the 60-year-old to head back to Australia without withdrawing his resignation.
However, a fresh proposal will sent to him in the next couple of days for his consideration, leaving the door still open for his return to India.
Walsh, who was present at a press conference, said that he was still optimistic about coaching the Indian team and that the fresh proposal would address all his demands.
Walsh’s continuance had become doubtful after reports emerged that he had developed serious differences with Hockey India president Narinder Batra.
Batra had alleged that Walsh had indulged in “financial fraud” during his stint with USA Hockey and he was reluctant to keep the Australian on board.
If Walsh does not come back, it can be counted as a setback to Indian hockey considering that the team had been producing good results under his watch. The men recently won the Asian Games gold medal after a gap of 16 years, which also fetched them qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.