KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 – South African Paul Revington who took Malaysia to the World Cup in 2014 in The Hague is back and has been appointed as the technical director for development by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC).
The 47-year-old who quit the team in a huff before the World Cup in The Hague revealed that ”it was due to health reasons” and not due to internal strife in the coaching setup was unveiled as director for development by MHC supremo, Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal on Monday.
“I am back as I have some unfinished business to complete in Malaysian hockey. The opportunity comes again and here I am as there is still the drive and passion to take Malaysian hockey forward,” said Revington who resigned as the women’s elite development program coach in England to take up the job in Malaysia.
Subahan describes Revington “as the best man to develop grassroots” in Malaysia as the nation sets eyes on a six-year plan to win the men’s and women’s hockey gold in Asian Games.
Just like newly appointed men’s head coach A. Arulselvaraj, the South African has stressed on the “winning mentality” with him starting at the grassroots for a smooth transition when the players move up the ladder.
For the record when Revington quit the national team before World Cup in The Hague, the team was handled by K. Dharmaraj and Malaysia finished last in 12th place.
“Revington is the best man to develop grassroots as he is well versed with the Malaysian culture…he fits the bill. We could not find anyone better for the job,” said Subahan.
For starters, Revington wants to build solid coaching and training systems at the grassroots.

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