Graham Reid resigns as head coach of Indian men's hockey team

Graham Reid guided India to their first Olympic medal since 1980, as the team won a bronze medal in Tokyo in 2021. Mark Brake/Getty Images for Hockey Australia

The Indian Men's Hockey Team head Coach Graham Reid submitted his resignation to Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey, a day after the conclusion of the 2023 FIH Men's Hockey World Cup. India finished a disappointing joint-ninth place in the tournament, after high expectations ahead of the tournament due to the team's form.

The President, Hockey India along with Secretary General Bholanath Singh met with players and the support staff of the team to understand and analyse the team's performance and strategy for the way ahead.

Reid's support staff - Analytical Coach Greg Clark and Scientific Advisor Mitchell David Pemberton - also tendered their resignation on Monday morning. All three will be serving their notice period over the next month.

Reid and his team oversaw the Indian Team's historic bronze Medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, a silver Commonwealth Games medal in 2022, as well as securing third place in the 2021/22 FIH Hockey Pro League season. Among Reid's successful outings as head Coach with the team includes the FIH Series Final title victory in 2019, after which the team broke no sweat in qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games, when they won the Qualifiers in Bhubaneswar back in 2019.

Talking about his stint with the Indian side since 2019, Reid said, "It is now time for me to step aside and handover the reigns to the next management. It has been an honour and privilege to work with the team and Hockey India and I have enjoyed every moment of this epic journey. I wish the team all the very best."

Having accepted Reid's resignation along with Greg and Mitchell's, Hockey India President Dr Dilip Tirkey said, "India will always have gratitude towards Graham Reid and his team of support staff who have brought good results to the country, particularly the Olympic Games. As all journeys move to different phases, it is now time for us to move on towards a new approach for our team."