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Terry walsh prefers to stay on as chief coach

Australian reconsiders his decision to step down after getting assurances from authorities.

Saji Chacko  New Delhi | 25th Oct 2014

Australian coach Terry Walsh did a u-turn on his resignation threat. PHOTO Sanjay Vishwakarma

In a remarkable turn of events, chief hockey coach Terry Walsh on Thursday withdrew his resignation after a hastily held meeting with top sports officials, who have assured the Australian that his concerns will be addressed in a fresh contract which will be issued to him soon. After a hectic meeting with the Sports Ministry and SAI officials, the 60-year-old Australian great decided to withdraw his resignation, much to the relief of the country's hockey fraternity.

"Since we never accepted his resignation, the question of its withdrawal does not arise. As per his contract, Walsh had to give us a month's notice period which he gave today," SAI Director General Jiji Thomson said.

"We had a fruitful meeting with him. The issues which he had raised can easily be solved and we have assured him that they will be solved before his contract expires on 19 November. We will issue him a new contract, which will take into consideration all his demands," he said.

Asked whether Walsh, who had guided the Indian team to a historic gold at Incheon Asian Games, will continue to be India's chief coach, Thomson said: "Yes, there is no question about it. He will continue in his role with the team."

Among the other things, Terry Walsh wanted to spend 120 days in Australia for which he wanted full pay. "This was the biggest road block. Now he will get his full pay for the 120 days he spends in Australia with his family. Not only that this will be deemed as a 'on duty role," said a SAI official.

Earlier, the Australian had threatened to resign saying he was finding it difficult to adjust to the decision-making style of the sporting bureaucracy in the country. "In addition to my difficulties with not being able to professionally operate within these bureaucratic confines, I am not willing to continue with the constant time away from my family in Australia. My current commitment places too much stress on my personal life," he had said in his letter to SAI.

His resignation sparked off a blame game between Hockey India and SAI. While HI maintained that the pay dispute and suffocating bureaucracy had prompted Walsh to quit, SAI rubbished that claim, saying that the Australian had never complained of any financial issues.

Walsh and some other support staff had issues with the government over TDS (Tax Deduction at Source) in their salaries.

On his part, SAI DG Jiji Thomson denied that there were any issues over TDS and said the problem was created by HI president Narinder Batra. He dismissed the issue as "canards" on the part of Batra.

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