New Delhi: Former national team coach, Jose Brasa has supported Paul van Ass and urged Indian authorities to bring back the Dutchman for the sake of hockey.
According to a report in the Times of India, the Spaniard said that van Ass is a wonderful coach and has done good things for the Indian hockey in his short stint.
"I would urge the authorities (HI and SAI) to bring Paul van Ass back. He is a wonderful coach and has done really good things for Indian hockey. They shouldn't let him go," the report quoted him.
But Brasa was far from happy with the current faux pas involving the Hockey India and the Dutch coach.
"In India, hockey coaches are not considered as knowledgeable people. For Hockey India and SAI, the coaches are just puppets who should move according to their wishes," he said.
"Hockey India may get a coach who will obey their orders, but if van Ass goes now, it will be difficult for them to find a coach with strong personality and wisdom,""Hockey India may get a coach who will obey their orders, but if van Ass goes now, it will be difficult for them to find a coach with strong personality and wisdom," Brasa continued.
In between, in an encouraging development, van Ass has reportedly said that he is willing to resume his duties provided there is no "interference" in his work.
Earlier, van Ass, who took charge of the team months back, had alleged on Monday that he had been "fired" by Hockey India following a spat with HI president Narinder Batra after the recent quarter-final match against Malaysia in the World League Semi-finals in Antwerp, Belgium.