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Hockey news - GB Hockey to stick with Mark Hager as coach after negative review findings made public

GB Hockey to stick with Hager as coach after negative review findings made public

26/02/2019 at 21:00Updated 26/02/2019 at 21:36

Great Britain Hockey have said they will stick with new women’s head coach Mark Hager, despite the negative outcome of a review into his reign as coach of the New Zealand team.

The independent review for New Zealand hockey, conducted by lawyer Maria Dew, found 24 of the 33 players she spoke to had expressed their concerns about what she termed a ‘negative environment’ within the squad culture after the Rio Olympics.

Australian Hager took up his new role last month after leading New Zealand to Commonwealth gold in 2018.

And GB Hockey insist his position is secure, even after the review, which took six months to complete, was made public. Chief executive Sally Munday said: "We were satisfied with our processes before Mark's appointment," GB Hockey chief executive Sally Munday said.

" I am pleased that these findings have been published and now Mark can get on with the job in hand."

"He has made a very good impression with the squad and staff at the first two FIH Pro League matches in Australasia, and we look forward to welcoming him here in March on a full time basis."