Top Australian coaches for Hockey India League?
While no one is ready to confirm yet, sources in the know confirm that Ric (Charlesworth) has been approached for coaching one of the six franchises in the upcoming league and he has also given a verbal okay to the offer. Besides Ric, Colin Batch, Terry Walsh and Mark Hager – all Australians – and Dutchman Roelant Oltmans are the other names being considered for the coach’s job in the six-team event.
“The difference this time is that even though it’s a Hockey India league, it will be handled by private franchises. Since it’s modeled on the IPL, the franchises will have complete freedom to appoint their staff and work out their contracts. Therefore, even though Ric has had a bad experience in India before, this time it isn’t the federation he is dealing with, and so is willing to come over.”
Only two franchises out of six have been sold so far – Lucknow to Sahara India and Punjab to Jaypee Associates