The 60-year-old Australian, himself a noted Olympian, submitted his resignation in dramatic fashion, saying that he was finding it difficult to adjust to the decision making style of the sporting bureaucracy in the country. His contract was to run till the 2016 Rio Olympics.

SAI Director General Jiji Thomson said Walsh's resignation has been accepted and he will be relieved of his duties. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, however, said he was looking for a resolution of the issue.

"I hereby tender my resignation as the Chief Coach, Indian Men's Hockey Team, effective as per the details of my contract or as agreed to by all concerned parties," Walsh said in a letter sent to Thomson on October 19. The letter was released to the media today.

"I am finding considerable difficulty adjusting to the decision making style of the sporting bureaucracy in India which I believe, in the long term, is not in the best interests of Indian Hockey or it's players," said Walsh under whom India also won a silver in Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

It is, however, learnt that Walsh and some other support staff were having some issues with the government over TDS (Tax Deduction at Source) on their salaries.

Thomson, however, denied that there were any issues over TDS and said the problem was created by HI president Narinder Batra. He dismissed the issue as "canards" on the part of Batra.

"I was surprised that Walsh has decided to resign. He had never made any complaints to us. So this sudden decision is astonishing," Thomson said.

The SAI DG acknowledged that Walsh was a "wonderful coach" who was selected after a rigorous selection process.

"He was a very good coach and he guided the team to gold in the Asian Games and silver in CWG. We were very happy with his performance," he said.

"In addition to my difficulties with not being able to professionally operate within these bureaucratic confines, I am not willing to continue with the constant time away from my family in Australia. My current commitment places too much stress on my personal life.

"Over the recent twelve month period I have become particularly attached to the playing group. In future years I would enjoy the prospect of retaining some involvement with the team and Indian Hockey," said the former Olympian who was part of Australia's silver winning team in 1976 Olympics.

Walsh thanked the SAI for giving him an opportunity to work as head coach of the team.

"May I thank you for the honour and opportunity to have worked with an Indian National Program for the last twelve months. I wish the Sports Authority of India every success as it builds into and beyond the 2016 Olympic Games," he said.

Thomson said "sporting bureaucracy" mentioned by Walsh could also be Hockey India.

"Walsh does not work under us, we only pay him USD 16,000 per month for his job and we have very little dealings with him on day-to-day basis. So, the sporting bureaucracy could be HI also," he said.

In an e-mail circulated to the media, Hockey India President Narinder Batra said that Walsh had issues with the SAI over his contract.

"Besides  other  issues he (Walsh) has issues with his contract with SAI, which now after his resignation expires on 19.11.2014," Batra said.

"We suggest if SAI can have a re-look at his contract before 19.11.2014 so that he may continue till Olympic 2016. We suggest  for a meeting between SAI and Mr Walsh," he said.

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