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Nobbs responsible for London debacle: Shivendra

PTI 24 Aug 2012, 22:10:19 IST
Gwalior, Aug 24: Indian hockey team's centre-forward Shivendra Singh on Friday dropped a bombshell stating that coach Michael Nobbs' wrong strategy of over-attacking, which was responsible for team's last-place finish at the London Olympics.

“The team's coach Michael Nobbs was responsible for the humiliating defeat in London as he made us change the strategy,” Shivendra told reporters.

“The coach was unable to establish any co-ordination with the team members which resulted in the defeat,” he said.

“As the coach asked us to play in an attacking manner, our defence got weakened and we faced defeat after defeat,” Shivendra stated.

When asked whether the coach should be replaced, he said that such decisions are taken by management and an individual player has no say in it. He, however, admitted that players were also responsible for the defeat and had apologised to the nation for it.