Former India coach Harendra Singh says he is open to coach junior men's team only if treated at par with foreign coaches

Harendra Singh has previously also coached the senior men's national team but was fired after India's early exit from the tournament

Press Trust of India July 29, 2019 15:01:54 IST
Former India coach Harendra Singh says he is open to coach junior men's team only if treated at par with foreign coaches
  • Harendra, who coached India to the 2016 Junior World Cup crown at home, said he is still open to take up the job

  • The national federation expressed its desire to reinstate Harendra in his role with the junior side but his demands came in the way

  • According to the job advertisement posted on the Hockey India website, the tenure offered for the position is till the 2021 Junior World Cup

New Delhi: Harendra Singh is still interested in taking up the vacant post of junior men's hockey team coach, but is unwilling to "compromise" on his terms and conditions.

Harendra, who coached India to the 2016 Junior World Cup crown at home, said he is still open to take up the job for which he had applied in the past but he wants equality in terms of what foreign coaches are offered in India.

Former India coach Harendra Singh says he is open to coach junior mens team only if treated at par with foreign coaches

File image of Harendra Singh. Image Courtesy: Hockey India

"I had applied for the position long back and I am still open for it but my terms and conditions remain the same. I want my terms and conditions to be at par with the foreign coaches, be it salary and facilities. There will be no compromise on this," Harendra told PTI.

"Why can't we be treated at par with foreign coaches?" he questioned. Harendra had also coached the senior national team but a disappointing World Cup campaign at home last year drew curtains on that stint after Hockey India fired him from the post.

The national federation later expressed its desire to reinstate Harendra in his previous role with the junior side but his demands for equal terms and conditions at par with foreign coaches came in the way.

According to the job advertisement posted on the Hockey India website, the tenure offered for the position is till the 2021 Junior World Cup. The position has been lying vacant since last month after Hockey India fired Jude Felix after a string of poor results.

The initial deadline for applying for the post was 5 July which was later extended to 25 July and then 16 August.

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