Deteriorating health, not HI, forced me to quit: Nobbs

Sacked Mic­hael Nobbs on Tuesday said he was not “pushed out” from the position of Indian hockey team chief, instead he willingly resigned from the job owing to his deteriorating health.

Nobbs’ contract as the chief coach of the Indian team was terminated on Monday because of non-performance, thus becoming the fourth foreigner to be shown the door before completion of the full tenure. But the Australian mantained that he quit the job on his own terms and was not shown the door.

“I wasn’t pushed out by Hockey India or Sports Authority of India. This (to resign) is my own decision,” Nobbs said.

“I love Indian hockey too much that I don’t want to hurt it. But I just couldn’t cope any longer with my deteriorating health. So, I thought not to coach anymore.

“My health was too difficult for me to continue. I don’t want to hurt the system. I don’t want to be selfish because it would take at least six months to get my health back,” he told a TV channel

Nobbs said he tried hard to recover his health since the start of the year but it continued to deteriorate with every passing day.

"My health wasn't too good. I had quite a bit of trouble in Holland during the first trip earlier this year. I passed out a few times from January onwards. I had noticed things were getting worse, deteriorating pretty badly," he said.

"I spoke to Roelant Oltmans on the last tour to Hoalland (during last month's FIH World League Round 3 in Rotterdam) and said I wasn't coping well health wise. I am struggling," Nobbs said.

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