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Would like to coach European club teams in near future: Sardar Singh

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Former captain Singh, who called time on his international career Wednesday, is planning premier European club teams in near future.

"After taking permission from and government, I will start coaching. I am planning to work with clubs in premier European leagues," Sardar, who has played in Dutch and German leagues, told mediapersons on Thursday.

While there has been a demand for foreign coaches in Indian hockey, admitted that communication is a problem as not every is fluent in english.

"Definitely, communication gap does exist at times. During a match, the two minute break after each quarter is very crucial for he players and during this time, is to explain about his analysis of the game. When he (foreign coach) speaks in English, usually there not much time left for translation," explained the practical difficulty.

Having confirmed his retirement on Wednesday, Sardar reiterated that he has not been forced into retirement by anyone but admitted that the semi-final loss to at the was a trigger.

"I had initially thought to play till 2020 with the kind of fitness I have. But after losing this match (semi-final in Asian games), I talked to coaches and senior players and then I consulted my family members and decided on retirement. It was a tough call but it comes in every player's life," Sardar said.

Asked about team's semi-final loss at the Asiad, Sardar said:"Before going for the tournament (Asian Games), all players knew that this tournament was very important for them. We knew that semi-final was very important for us. But that particular day, we did not play up to the level at which started the tournament. We played poor during dying moments of the game and it cost us dearly."

"No team or wants to lose but it can happen with the best also. has also missed spot-kicks," said Sardar.

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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 19:45 IST