Mark Hager misses out on top Australian job

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 15:23 04/09/2014
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STAYING PUT: Mark Hager looks set to stay on as the Black Sticks women's coach after he missed out on the Australian men's job.

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New Zealand Hockey will retain the services of coach Mark Hager as the Black Sticks women's coach after he missed out on the Australian men's job. 

Hockey Australia announced on Thursday afternoon it had appointed former assistant Graham Reid to the head coaching role.

Reid, 50, had been the Kookaburra's senior assistant coach since January 2009 and took the side to the Commonwealth Games in a joint role with Paul Gaudoin following Ric Charlesworth's decision to step-down following the World Cup earlier this year. 

Hager previously told Fairfax Media the decision to apply for the Australian's men's coach was a tough one.

''It's obviously a job I'd love to do. I played for the side and it's a tough challenge, but it's tough too because I think there's more we can do with the Black Sticks.

"I'd happily do both jobs so it's a tough decision."

Hager said if he did not get the Australian job he'd happily continue with the New Zealand women's side and push towards the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Hager is contracted through until the end of 2014, but Hockey New Zealand boss Malcolm Harris hopes to have a new contract signed in the next couple of weeks through to at least Rio.

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