Oliver Kurtz, the recently released head coach of the Bangladesh hockey team, returned to Dhaka yesterday to get his job back. The 46-year-old German, who was released from his post last week on the grounds of breach of contract, sought a meeting with the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) president and Air Force chief Air Marshal Abu Esrar, it has been learnt.
Local coach Mahbub Harun has been handed the charge of the team, which is currently in a training camp for the upcoming Asia Cup.
However, BHF's general secretary Khaza Rahmatullah brushed aside any chance of the German getting back his position. “I hope that the federation president will keep faith on the decision made by the working committee and the executive committee,” Rahmatullah said. “The coach had wanted players of his choice in the camp, and threatened that he would leave his position if those players were not selected.”
Terming the coach's activities as unprofessional, Rahmatullah added: “He left the country without formally informing anyone, dropping just an e-mail. He also remained absent during the camp. These are not traits of a professional coach.”
Kurtz was initially appointed for three months last September to guide Bangladesh in the Hockey World League Round-2, and then his contract was extended till October this year.