I am still the best available option for Indian hockey: Brasa

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2010, 11:34 AM IST

New Delhi: He has left India after a bitter
fallout with authorities but Jose Brasa has still not given up
hope of being called back to coach the country`s hockey team
as the Spaniard feels he is the best available option for the
job.

"I think that the solution for Indian Hockey is not there
in India. It will come from outside the country. Indian Hockey
certainly needs a foreign coach," Brasa said from
Madrid.

"Nobody from Hockey India or SAI has called me after my
departure. I am still waiting for their call. If they say no,
then I will decide about future I can not live without Hockey
and coaching and can coach any international team. But my
first choice is India again," said Brasa who is taking part in
a coaching workshop in the Spanish capital.

"I think there is no reason not to renew my contract. The
Indian team has performed well in last 18 months. Don`t judge
them on results only. Players performance graph has also gone
up and up," he added.

Mulling whether to pick a foreign or a local coach for
the team, Hockey India recently got a statement from the
legndary Dhanraj Pillay saying that he is the best person for
this job.

But Brasa feels that he can prepare the team for Olympic
qualifiers better than anyone else.

"I think I can help them more than anyone else since I
know all the players and their capabilities better. I know how
to bring the best out of them. Any other foreign coach will
run away from the problems but I did manage to get results in
those circumstances and will do that in future also," said the
Spanish coach whose contract expired on November 30.
During his tenure, the Indian team clinched silver in the
Delhi Commonwealth Games, a bronze medal in the Asian Games as
well as the Azlan Shah title.

Apart from the final verdict on his contract, Brasa is
also waiting for the Sports Authority of India to clear his
dues.

At his last meeting with SAI Director General Sayan
Chatterjee, he was told to wait for another couple of weeks.

"I was told that Sports Minister (MS Gill) will take a
call on the renewal of contract of all foreign coaches. It
will take two-three weeks. I did not get my expenses for the
month of November and the prize money for winning the medal,"
he said.

"I have sent mails to SAI, HI and the Sports Ministry but
did not get any reply. I can`t do anything other then
waiting," said Brasa.

He also urged the authorities to take the right decision
in the interest of Indian Hockey.

"I am repeating that this team is capable of podium
finish in the Olympics but it needs proper training and
facilities. Indian authorities should take the right decision
keeping the larger interest of the team in mind," he said.

PTI

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