Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Don't blame me, says Sarjit

Read the Malay Mail today and it is interesting that national hockey coach Sarjit Singh has blamed his predecessors for the team's failure to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.



HOCKEY/OLYMPIC QUALIFIER > Sarjit: It wasn’t my fault
Ghaz Ramli
SARJIT SINGH is disappointed he has been victimised for the country’s failure to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.


The former national skipper has absolved himself of blame and pointed the finger at the previous team management who he feels should be held accountable.
“The damage was done even before I was appointed national coach,” said the 45-year-old, who has worked with the team for more than 15 months after replacing Wallace Tan on Jan 23 last year.

“With the sixth place finish at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, we knew it won’t be easy in the qualifiers, especially with world champions Germany there,” added Sarjit, whose salary is in the spotlight as the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) have requested that the Na- tional Sports Council (NSC) give him an increment despite the team’s failure to reach the final in Kakamigahara, Japan.

“How come my salary is being brought up now? What about the time when the team qualified for the Sultan Azlan Cup final for the first time in 13 years? “Or even the third place finish at the Asia Cup in India last September? “When I was appointed, I was given a target of reaching the 2012 London Olympics. I would like a chance to do my job and if I fail, I will step down.

“Many parties don’t support the team. During the impressive performance at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the team were rated as the saviours of Malaysian hockey.

“But one bad match against Italy, and we are back to zero. How are the players suppose to keep their focus till the next Olympics?” The Batu Pahat-born Sarjit’s first job with MHF was in 2004 when he was named the National Juniors coach.

He was entrusted to get the team to the 2005 Junior World Cup in Rotterdam, Holland, from the Junior Asia Cup.

However, the team failed to finish in the top three and were eliminated from the World Cup, only for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to accept a request from the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to allow four Asian teams a place in the Junior World Cup.

In Rotterdam, Sarjit’s boys could only finish a disappointing 10th, but he was still retained as coach for the 2009 Junior World Cup which Malaysia will co-host with Singapore.

He was promoted to the senior side after Wallace Tan failed to win a medal at the Asian Games.

Sarjit’s next assignment is the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup from May 8-18 in Ipoh.

“Many expect us to win the tournament after the poor outing in Japan, but we are one of the lowest-ranked teams.

“There are four Olympic-bound nations and Argentina and India, who are two strong hockey nations,” said Sarjit.

“We will do our best but the team need positive vibes and not harsh comments every time they fail.

There will be no progress then.”

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Abang Rizal,
Failure in Japan not his, after 15 months handling the team but just took over in 3 months that is achievement in Azlan Shah and Asia Cup is his. Apa cerita ?
Singh banyak pusing lah

Anonymous said...

RM 450,000.00 has spent for the 10 days tournament in Japan only.Do you think that this amount belong to tax payer. Mr. Sarjit should know well that he is the coach for the team. We not interested to listen his excuse for the failure of the team. If he know that qualifer is not the relevent and his target is Olimpiq 2012 in Briton. For coach need 4 years to prepare the team. Half the players might not be with team. He have to recruit new player for the team. He have to built up the team as he did for the Japan Qualifer. It will repeat again and agaian for the 2016 olimpig. I strogly believe that
the team fail because of Sarjit. Earler he said that he did not believe the Senior players because there are too old and not fit. He trained with young players for the Qualifer and subsequently he had fear that the team might not do well in the qualifer he call back the Senior players one month before the Japan Qualifer.Whose mistake is this. He should trained the Junior and Seniors together for the past 15 months not half way bring the Senior into the team.

Anonymous said...

Cmoon coach be a little realistic la...u are well-verse enough with the Malaysian sports culture wat
Of course no one blames u when u achieve success, but wen u fail in a mission sure people will attack u...
Last year when badminton doubles won All-England, Malaysians were hailing them as heroes but wen they face early exits and went down tamely to lowly ranked opponents people taruh them nicely...
U are grown so please accept critism...dun blame others...u were the head coach who is responsible for naming ur players and the team tactics...
Be a gentleman just like any other sports coaches(not in Malaysia) taking critics in a possite manner or else step down if you feel you could channel ur knowledge into developing the players at age groups...
Here K.Rajan of TNB has done an excellent job by grooming youngsters in the TNB team and preparing them for challenges for the higher level...
One should never blame others during downfalls, One should instead stand up to prove them wrong..
Coach u got one more chance coming your way...please dun fumble this opportunity

P.S..Take charge of the team for the love of the game not for the money..

Good Luck Sarjit and Co.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Has he no shame?
Just as I was feeling sorry for him, Sarjit comes out with stupid statements.

'It's not my fault we didn't qualify but I must be given credit for reaching Azlan Shah final and finishing 3rd in Asian Cup.'

He reached the final four months after taking the job but 15 months down the road, it is now Wallace's fault for failure?

Pull the other one Sarjit.

As I said at the top of the post, I was feeling sorry for him for the personal attacks.

So what if he is a money lender, (btw, this is not proven). That is his business and only if it is interfering with his duties will it be an issue so, guys, unless you can prove this, drop it, OK.

Sarjit should be judged on his results.

Juniors coach ... FAILED ... finished 4th when top three qualify for Junior World Cup.

Malaysia only reached Junior World Cup through the back door (please no snide remarks about about Sikhs and back doors) when Malaysian officials used the AHF to lobby for an extra place in the Junior World Cup.

In Holland ... FAILED AGAIN ... finished 10th but still retained as coach. Why?

Then somehow CONvinced MHF he was the best man for national job.

Olympic qualifiers .... FAILED FOR 3rd TIME.

Yes he has 2 successes but percentage of targets achieved ... BIG FAT ZERO.

Now it not the time to sack him. Let's see how he does in the World Cup qualifiers.

It is only fair. But if he continues his track record, he should be sacked.

PS: How come no one has talked about his ASSistant coach Gurmit?
What are his qualifications? Why wasnt Nor Saiful Zaini, K.Rajan in the frame?

Nothing personal against Gurmit but what has he achieved as a coach. For that matter, what has Sarjit done?

Sam, a disgruntled coach
Cheras

Maya said...

there is only so much of positive things that can be said! how to be positive when the focus of the team is deviated to many other personnel business..

how you expect to achieve your goals if there is so much of politics involve. should shove all the politicz put then you will have a good team focused on the goals that is the OLYMPICS!!

and as for support, first get the right ppl in the organization and management of the team!get qualified people to work with the team and people with knowledge in the fields required! proper guidance has to be given.. other wise its like the blind leading the blind and no one will get anywhere!

and please la! take the blame and stop pointing your finger on others! as you forget mr sarjit singh tht while you point on finger out there are four more pointing to u!!!! that is just lame mo!!!!

get you act right other wise get out!!! simple as tht dont have to have any qualifications to understand that!

with the efforts of the team... i dont think the players play for the country anymore! they just play for themselves!! they never work as a unit to take the opposition on! no spirit of being warriors! hw to sustain in such conditions!!!??? there are a few awesome players, but there are sensitive idiots as wel!!!!!! take things like MEN guys not BOYS!!!!!!

very sad situation for malaysian hockey as its just pure garbage now!!!

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Anonymous said...

Let,s rebutt the facts on the Malay Mail today - Dont blame me.

SARJIT SINGH is disappointed he has been victimised for the country’s failure to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.

Answer: People among the hockey circle are fedup with his excuses. The Team did well in trial exams but fail in the most important exam.

The former national skipper has absolved himself of blame and pointed the finger at the previous team management who he feels should be held accountable.
“The damage was done even before I was appointed national coach,” said the 45-year-old, who has worked with the team for more than 15 months after replacing Wallace Tan on Jan 23 last year.

Answer: Dont blame others and find a victim to cover your error and failure. You inform people that the team will be in the finals. After spying, you said Japan so weak. Confindence of beating Germany in the Finals. Italy pizza hut country draw, ice skating country Switerland won by 4-3 and beat poor country Poland 2-1.If the damage was done then why you agree to take the job and dont show your confindence outlook. Shame on you...

“With the sixth place finish at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, we knew it won’t be easy in the qualifiers, especially with world champions Germany there,” added Sarjit, whose salary is in the spotlight as the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) have requested that the Na- tional Sports Council (NSC) give him an increment despite the team’s failure to reach the final in Kakamigahara, Japan.

“How come my salary is being brought up now? What about the time when the team qualified for the Sultan Azlan Cup final for the first time in 13 years? “Or even the third place finish at the Asia Cup in India last September? “When I was appointed, I was given a target of reaching the 2012 London Olympics. I would like a chance to do my job and if I fail, I will step down.

Answer: You were smart not to extend and sign your contract and on top of this you asked for sky rocket increment. you thought that after Qualifying round after being 2nd, you can get the amount. But God is great to allow Japan to score the third goal to deny your dreams!

You are already earning 11k even you fail. Per year is 66K. If keep you till 2012 then the cost is 330K. The risk to keep you is very high and very costly. For sure you will fail by the way your coaching setup and program for the team. Team meeting is 10 minutes, Teh tarik and vadai during training, answerin Handphones while coaching, involve with money lending and great gambler. No standards at all...

“Many parties don’t support the team. During the impressive performance at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the team were rated as the saviours of Malaysian hockey.

“But one bad match against Italy, and we are back to zero. How are the players suppose to keep their focus till the next Olympics?” The Batu Pahat-born Sarjit’s first job with MHF was in 2004 when he was named the National Juniors coach.

He was entrusted to get the team to the 2005 Junior World Cup in Rotterdam, Holland, from the Junior Asia Cup.

However, the team failed to finish in the top three and were eliminated from the World Cup, only for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to accept a request from the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to allow four Asian teams a place in the Junior World Cup.

Answer: Do well the Coach takes the credit - Azlan Shah and Asia Cup. But when fail, blame others, have some integrity. Like how he sacked his chinese assistant coach who is in Canada now with the ladies team. why blame people, it will come back to you one day.

Sarjit’s next assignment is the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup from May 8-18 in Ipoh.

“Many expect us to win the tournament after the poor outing in Japan, but we are one of the lowest-ranked teams.

Answer: For what this tournament no bearing on the overall results and world ranking. Dont con people with getting good results to cover your failure. Damage is done and is a long road to redeem back the status.

Summary:

you have failed due to;

coaching Set-up are clowns and the leader is a puppet. the office bearers are not brave to voice their views. everthing is done without merit.

Is time for NSC and Minister to do something and appoint a foreign coach to cure this problem.

good luck and sorry to the Coach. truth is a truth even this is a painful exercise.

TQ and regards to all readers...

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Anonymous said...

Kudos to MM for highlighting hockey news while the others are sleeping or playing dead to protect friends.

Someone said he has refused and yet to sign his contract. He's holding MHF and NSC to ransom, it is legal? Should NSC continue to pay him then? $11k a month is a lot of money, even the DG don't earn this much. The DG mentioned that NSC has a salary scale for its coaches but shouldn't remuneration must also commensurate with qualifications and experience?

Sam in his posting said that people should not harp on his $ lending business. First & foremost along business is illegal in this country and secondly it involves players & fellow coaches which compromises a lot of other issues concerning the team. It is unethical for a coach to conduct himself in this manner. It takes a lot of credibility out of Malaysian hockey. Just as whole India hockey is hanging its head in shame now due to the unethical practice of its top official.

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Anonymous said...

Dear Bai (10/2),
We need to get the facts right. Malaysia getting 2nd place in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2007..none of the team brought their best players. Many were playing in European league.Don't boast with past results. Anyway you said this team is the best and we will qualify for olimpics..no problem. But now pitch slippery and umpire fox us.
Don't blame others. Jr World Cup in Rotterdam you got 10th placing. Is this good result? Be sincere to yourself. Then you said this team if kept together will be world beaters. Then your contract was extended. Now you want till 2012. You are smart. MHF with officials with no guards and full backing of President in waiting, Sarjit will continue.
I asked one state coaching comittee chairman if Sarjit's salary was discussed. According to him it was never discussed. Even appointment of coaches was never discussed. The old man says Tuanku wants. Pity him...a puppet waiting Datoship.

Anonymous said...

Sir,
I heard about this Blog recently by my retired friends like me.Just for your info we were the unsong heroes in hockey coaching in the 60's,70's and 80's.
Coaching those days like us whom were teachers was a noble job. We were good coaches but not popular ones because we only got little publicity. I like to name some dedicated coaches of that era , Brian Foennader(ACS),Sharma and Pritam Singh( Anderson),Vincent Fernandez,Vivekanandan (K.L),Malik Kiew,Puran Singh(Johor),Sivapathasundram ( Tampin),Gurdial Singh,Teng Chen Leong,Tejar Singh. There were also some non teachers whom were dedicated helping grass root level in schools like Lawrense Van Huisen,William Fidelis,B.Rajendran Whom I know.All these teachers and non teachers were paid nothing to do thier job and yet they produced results.
Sir,Hockey came to a change in the School Scenario in the early 90's by the introduction of Tunas Cemerlang Schools whereby coaches got ready made players from the primary schools to develop on. But I still remember there were some schools whom were still a threat to this so called project schools .For instance Cochrane ,now no name and don't know what has happen to the coach also.
Nowdays I came to know there are State Project schools and also Tunas Cemerlang schools. National Level there are two Sports schools playing hockey. Something wrong with the system.
The National Junior League played is a failure. I heard good teams excell beacuse they hire all the good hockey players when they have left school. Produced by school coaches other teams get the benefit and popularity as a coach.The Sports School Excell because they get the cream of good players. Those dedicated coaches whom I have mentioned earlier had to come down to the ground, teach the kids how to hold a hockey stick was tough.
I am relating this because, to choose a National Coach is not easy. Ex- international don't make good coaches but if they have done grassroot level coaching is benefiscial. Teachers and some non teachers have made into great coaches in Malaysia whom have done grassroot level coaching, like Dato'Ho Kok Chye, Dato'Yogeswaran,Lawrence Van Huisien,William Fidelis,B.Rajendran,Teng Cheng Leong, and our former national coach Terry Walsh was also teacher. I have mixed both non teachers and teachers,to name a few whom have done grass root level coaching properly.
I think to choose a National Coach, a selection board should be formed comprising of officials from NSC,NIS and MHF. Failure means step down whether it is in 3 months or 15 months.
Please consider this in your blog,as a solution to improve Malaysian Hockey.

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Anonymous said...

Abang Rizal,
Ini Singh banyak pusing...banyak cakap saje...kalau mau letak target sehingga 2012, baik itu Singh tak usah ambil itu team lagi, itu Singh prepare dulu dia punya junior team, dia tak layak untuk jadi jurulatih senior hockey team..ini singh mau duit juga..baik itu Singh letak jawatan saja..habiskan boreh je...

Anonymous said...

saya rasa itu singh boleh jalan!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

hai kawan kawan. tolonglah jangan ketuk sarjit kaw kaw.
dia ni ikut example PM kita.
bila menang pilihanraya 2004, kawan kawan dia berkata kemenangan besar disebabkan kegagahnya.
tetapi bila kalah teruk 2008, salahkan tun m.
boleh masuk politik dia ni