K. Dharmaraj is the new hockey development coach.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former national hockey coach K. Dharmaraj has been re-designated as a development coach by the National Sports Council (NSC) and will work with the 1MAS programme.
Dharmaraj is expected to leave on Sept 16 for a closer look at the on-going European leagues.
“It is a learning curve for me to improve my coaching skills. I will be attached to various clubs to observe their preparations for their league campaigns,” he said.
“I have said before that we need to look at Europe to improve our players’ skills. I have already contacted six clubs for my attachment.”
He said that two of the clubs are from Germany, four from Holland and one from England.
Since January, Dharmaraj coached the national team for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Champions Challenge I, World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.
But last month, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) decided to replace him with A. Arulselvaraj for the Asian Games due to a player-power in the national team and also what was deemed as poor results in the various tournaments.
Dharmaraj said on Thursday that he had recommended several national players to be attached to the clubs in Europe during the three months.
“I’m not sure if the players still want to take up the offer. I believe that they need to go on such attachments if they want to improve their game. Playing at home is not enough,” he said.