11 Jul 2013

India axe Australian coach

5:19 am on 11 July 2013

India have sacked their national hockey coach Michael Nobbs, who becomes the fourth foreign mentor to be axed in the past decade.

Nobbs, a former Australian international, was appointed Indian coach in June 2011 for a five-year term that would have had him in charge until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Hockey India's secretary-general Narinder Batra said Nobbs failed to improve the team's performance or produce the desired results.

They finished last at the London Olympics, and failed to make the semi-finals of the recent World Hockey League in the Netherlands.

India must win next month's Asia Cup tournament in Malaysia to qualify for next year's World Cup in the Netherlands.