Bobby Crutchley signs new contract to remain Head Coach

Bobby Crutchley England Head Coach

England and Great Britain Hockey are delighted to announce that Bobby Crutchley has signed a new contract to remain Men’s Head Coach through to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Following a thorough, independent review process into the first full-time Men’s Central Training Programme; England and Great Britain Hockey have unanimously decided that Crutchley is the man to lead the new look squad, due to be announced in December, on their road to Tokyo.

The 46-year-old coach reflected on a “difficult few months” saying:

“We’re obviously devastated that we didn’t get near where we wanted to in Rio despite a lot of hard work. The review process has been very comprehensive and tough. We’ve really delved into how we could have done better. It’s been a difficult experience, but also rewarding and will set us up well moving forwards.” He continued: “There’s been a lot of soul searching for me personally but I am feeling excited and hungry to achieve medal success over the coming years.”

The men’s set up had progressed under Crutchley and produced some good performances, spending much of the time in his tenure in the top five of the FIH World Rankings. The aim now is to turn that progression into medals with the 2018 World Cup and the Tokyo Olympics the two biggest targets over the next four years.

"I am delighted that Bobby is staying on. I absolutely feel he is the right person to lead our men's programme moving forward." said Ed Barney, Performance Director. "We conducted a thorough review and there are a number of learnings from the last four years. Without doubt, Rio was hugely disappointing for both the staff and the players in the men’s squad. As an organisation we are absolutely clear that there can be no compromise on our goals. We do not accept a lack of medal winning performance looking forward; I have no doubt that Bobby is the right man to deliver international success in the men’s programme.”

With news on funding levels for the next four years and the announcement of the new centralised squads imminent, this period marks the start of a new chapter for the England and Great Britain squads. England’s next competitive action is at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals, taking place in June 2017 at London’s Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. With a number of world class teams competing in the competition, including Olympic gold medallists Argentina and European Champions Netherlands, it represents an exciting chance for Crutchley’s new-look squad to begin their new regime against some of the very best teams.
They are then heading to the Rabo EuroHockey Championships in August in Amsterdam. England Hockey is currently looking for a men’s shirt sponsor to join the team on this journey.

Crutchley told England Hockey:

“The start of a new cycle is a chance to freshen things up. We get a chance to start with a new focus. The players who are coming back in have had a decent break and will come back refreshed and ready to go again. The new ones bring a fresh perspective. We are ultimately in the business of winning hockey matches and tournaments and we’re excited to get going and to do that.”

Performance Director Barney added: "As a performance department we fully understand the areas in which we need to develop, and 2017 is a hugely exciting year with the Hockey World League semi-final in London in June, and then the Rabo EuroHockey Championships in Holland in August. This is the beginning of a new era for our squad and alongside Bobby I am very confident for the future.”

Tickets for the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London are now on sale and can be purchased here.