Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ric Charlesworth fast-tracks retirement plans, won't coach Australian Commonwealth Games team


Australia’s World Cup-winning men’s hockey team coach Ric Charlesworth has fast-tracked his retirement plans and now has arrived at a decision not to be in the ‘hot seat’ for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month.
The celebrated Kookaburras coach, who is riding high after shepherding the national team to their World Cup triumph, had earlier in March indicated that he wanted to spend more time with his family and would step down after the Commonwealth Games. Interestingly, Hockey Australia has swung into action to find his replacement after Charlesworth announced his decision to quit three months back.
The four-time World Cupper, who hold the unique record of winning the prized event as a player and as coach twice, believes the World Cup win is the best way to go out on a ‘high’.  Apparently, Charlesworth is not keen on being away from home for three weeks for the Commonwealth Games.
Hockey Australia is expected to name his replacement – more of an interim solution for the Commonwealth Games over the new few days. The 2014 win was Kookaburras’ third World Cup triumph – they had earlier won the 1986 London World Cup and the 2010 New Delhi World Cup.
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