Mumbai: India hockey coach Terry Walsh quit from his services on Monday. There were supposed to be negotiations to keep him till Rio Olympics 2016 but the Australian refused to renew his contract.
His second term was unresolved after a six-hour long meeting by the officials of Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Monday. Hockey India president Narinder Batra alleged financial irregularities during the Australian’s stint as coach.
Surprisingly, Walsh helped India win the Asian Games gold recently.
Earlier, shaken by chief hockey coach Terry Walsh’s decision to step down literally days after the men’s team returned from Incheon in South Korea with the Asian Games gold medal, the first in 16 years, sports officials moved swiftly to quell the crisis.
“Walsh has not withdrawn his resignation. As per the contract, he has to give one month notice for resignation. Since the resignation will officially come into effect from 19th November, 2014, it was decided that the contract will be renewed before 19th November, incorporating these clauses.
“During the discussion, he made it very clear that he has no problems with regard to the tax deduction or remuneration. His major concern was about the lack of functional autonomy in deciding technical matters relating to hockey,” SAI Director General Jiji Thomson had said.
But the Australian - who cited pay dispute being the reason for his departure - did not budge from his decision. A fresh proposal will be sent to Terry Walsh by Hockey India for consideration.