Dutchman Michel van den Heuvel appointed Pakistan hockey coach

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2010, 21:56 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan Hockey Federation on Saturday
announced the appointment of Dutchman Michel van den Heuvel as
its national team coach in a bid to revive the fortunes of the
game following a dismal show in the World Cup earlier this
year.

The PHF said it had got approval from the Federal Sports
Ministry to hire van Den Heuvel till the 2012 London Olympics.

The federation also announced that Olympian Manzoor
Junior would be the manager of the senior team that embarks on
a European tour next month to prepare for the Commonwealth and
Asian Games.

Heuvel will join the training camp of Pakistan team on
June 21 at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium here.

Huevel, who was the coach of the bronze-winning the
Netherlands team in the World Cup in New Delhi earlier this
year, was among the three candidates shortlisted by the PHF.

He will be Pakistan`s third foreign coach, after fellow
Dutchmen Hans Jorritsma and Roelant Oltmans, who were
appointed in 1994 and in 2000 respectively.

Media reports have said that Heuvel will be paid a
whooping 1.6 million rupees a month, an amount that has
already raised eyebrows in the Pakistan hockey community.

PHF Secretary Muhammad Asif Bajwa said that the decision
to appoint Heuvel was taken after serious deliberation and to
revive fortunes of the national team.

"We have taken this decision in the best interest of the
game," he said.

Bajwa made it clear that the Dutch coach didn`t have any
problem working in Pakistan and security issues had been
discussed with him in detail before he agreed to take up the
assignment.

PTI