The Pakistan hockey team’s head coach Farhat Khan on Tuesday stepped down after less than six months in the position following the team’s debacles in the Asia Cup and the four-nation invitational event in Australia.
Farhat was brought in as head coach in July after Pakistan fared badly in the Hockey World League tournament in London and replaced Khawaja Junaid and Hanif Khan.
His resignation comes just hours after it was revealed that the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) was looking at hiring a foreign coach with former German captain and Olympic gold medalist, Christian Blunck, the prime candidate under consideration for the job.
Blunck a versatile midfielder who spearheaded Germany to a gold medal in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. However, he has never coached any team from any country but as a player he enjoyed a very good reputation.
Blunck had toured Pakistan in May last year to meet the hockey players who had played during his playing days in the 1990s, among them current the PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmad, Tahir Zaman and many others.