New Delhi: Netherlands’ Sjoerd Marijne, was appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s hockey team on Friday. The decision was announced by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore on Twitter.
Last week, Hockey India sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level.
Marijne was appointed as the head coach of the women’s hockey team in February, and penned a four-year contract. The 43-year-old, who was a former Dutch player, has an impressive resume, leading the Netherlands U-21 women’s side to a World Cup win as well. He also steered the Dutch senior women’s side to a gold medal at the Hockey World League semifinals in 2015.
Junior World Cup-winning coach Harendra Singh, who was considered the front-runner for the post, was appointed as the chief coach of the women’s team. He’ll be taking over from Marijne.
Earlier, Singh had expressed interest in taking over as the men’s team coach from Otlmans.
It is also learnt that Marijne was initially reluctant to take up the role. He has never worked with a national men’s team before and agreed after Hockey India and SAI convinced him.