Big blow to the Ireland Men’s hockey team as Dutch Coach Alexander Cox decided to step down his post, just two months prior to their Olympic qualifier.

This is also largely after the team crashed out of the Euro Hockey Championship 2019 in Belgium.

Under Cox, the team were able to secure their berth for the final round of the qualifiers scheduled to take place in October/November. However, they haven’t been in their best form finishing 14th at the 2018 world cup in India,and finishing last at the recently concluded EuroHockey Championship 2019.

Cox, succeeded Craig Fulton who stepped down last June. Cox helped guide the Netherlands women to the Olympic title in 2012 and is head coach of Dutch club SV Kampong. He will remain in the Kampong role.

Speaking about the decision, Cox said: “After taking some time to reflect on the past year, and the goals we have both achieved and failed to achieve, I have come to the decision that it is best for me to step back from this role with the Irish men’s squad.”

“It has been a tough few weeks, but credit to the players and staff as they have given it their all at every stage. We just didn’t manage to pull together the result we felt we are capable of.” he said.

“At this time, I feel it is best for me to step back as coach so the team can have a fresh start towards the important Olympic qualifier.”

Hockey Ireland say they are looking into alternative options following Cox’s resignation.

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