KUALA LUMPUR: A stress-related illness is the main reason national hockey chief coach Paul Revington quit the team.
In a press conference on Monday, the South African said that he had given a lot of thought to the matter. He explained that his stress level had escalated since June last year and that he can no longer perform to the best of his ability.
Although he was adamant in saying that the issues which led him to quit last June had been resolved and that he got on well with the other coaches, Revington added it was up to others to interpret his resignation as they wished.
“Although I have tried extremely hard to fight the onset of a stress-related illness since June 2013, I am still not functioning close to my maximum capacity and it has been affecting the quality of my day-to-day work,” he said, without disclosing what the illness is.
“I have been working at the top end of high performance hockey for over 12 years and have been pushing myself and the teams I have been coaching to improve quickly from day one — often faced with continual and at times expected environmental challenges. These 12 years have unfortunately led to a temporarily worn-out and damaged mind,” he added.
Revington said that although it may be construed as leaving the team in the lurch, this was not the case.
“I understand that other interpretations will be made of my decision. I have no control over that other than to try and explain my situation as best as I can. There are a lot of positives coming out of last year and there are new challenges ahead for the national team,” he said.
But Revington said that he will not leave immediately as he needs to give three months’ notice. He added that he will continue to work over the next three months in whatever capacity the MHC wants him to and he is willing to help the team coaches if needed.
“I have really been looking forward to working on the pitch again with the Juniors coaching staff, and it is with great sadness that my health has meant that I cannot do so in the way I had intended and hoped.
“Dharma (K. Dharmaraj) and his coaching staff are an outstanding combination and have a great history of creating a hardworking and successful family environment in the Malaysian junior team as witnessed over the past five years — and they will continue this into the senior team.
“The Project 2016 team will also be getting a coach in Arul (A. Arulselvaraj) who has accumulated years of experience working as an assistant coach and is ready for the challenge as an international head coach. I wish these coaches well,” he said.
The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) has accepted the resignation of Revington and appointed Dharmaraj as the new national coach while demoting Arulselvaraj to the Project 2016 team.
Revington said he will discuss contract issues with MHC and the NSC (National Sports Council) over the next week.
“I have yet to discuss the details with the NSC and MHC with regard to my exact role over the next three months (contract notice period), but all I can say is that it will not be in my full capacity as head coach due to my health issues.
“I will work, as always, with the best interests of Malaysian hockey at heart and in mind. I would like to express my appreciation for the opportunity to coach the Malaysian team, and the patience and support offered to me in the past several months.”