Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Revington tipped as national hockey team consultant

Former chief coach Paul Revington (centre) seen here among the coaching staff of the national hockey team during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup two weeks ago. - Filepic
Former chief coach Paul Revington (centre) seen here among the coaching staff of the national hockey team during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup two weeks ago. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Paul Revington’s contract as national hockey chief coach will end by the middle of this month, but he will probably still serve with the national team until October.

New national chief coach K. Dharmaraj is keen to have Revington continue as a consultant and the South African is expected to be with the team until the Asian Games in Incheon from Sept 19-Oct 4.
“We need a consultant to help improve the team’s performance in tournaments. I believe Revington is the best person for the job.

“He has a vast experience in coaching and furthermore he has been coaching the players since September 2012,” said Dharmaraj.

Revingon has worked with other national sides as well. He was the South African national coach from 2004 to 2007 and Ireland from 2008 to 2012.

Revington was hired in September 2012, but he quit the team in January this year citing personal reasons.

As he still had three months of his contract to serve, Revington has continued working as a coach for the national side.

Dharmaraj, who guided the national juniors to finish a creditable fourth in the Junior World Cup in New Delhi last December, was chosen to replace Revington as soon as the resignation was announced.

While the forty-year-old Revington expressed interested in being a consultant for the team until the Asian Games, he will have to complete his current contract first.

“I need to discuss it with the NSC (National Sports Council) and also my wife,” said Revington, the father of one-month-old twins.

Revington’s infants, who are here with him, don’t have their passports yet.
“It will take a few months before my twins will be able to travel to South Africa,” said Revington.


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