'We look forward to welcoming him' - Hockey Great Britain pleased with Mark Hager appointment, despite damning review

Great Britain are standing firm behind former Black Sticks women's coach Mark Hager, in the wake of the review into team culture during the Australian's time in charge of the side.

Former Black Sticks Women's coach Mark Hager. Source: Photosport

After the findings of the independent review were partly revealed yesterday, lawyer Maria Dew found that 24 of 33 current and former players had raised concerns over team culture under Hager.

However, despite yesterday's findings reflecting negatively on Hager's tenure with the Black Sticks women, Great Britain are front footing the issue, saying that they have no concerns over his appointment, having left his post with New Zealand in January.

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Chair of the board at Hockey NZ Mike Bignell apologised to players today following a review into the environment in the Black Sticks women’s team. Source: 1 NEWS

"We were satisfied with our processes before Mark's appointment," GB Hockey chief executive Sally Munday told Stuff.

"I am pleased that these findings have been published and now Mark can get on with the job in hand.

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Amelia Gibson ended her seven-year international career over player mistreatment. Source: 1 NEWS

"He has made a very good impression with the squad and staff at the first two FIH Pro League matches in Australasia, and we look forward to welcoming him here in March on a full time basis."

Hager's first match in charge of the Great Britain resulted in a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of his former side, defeated in the FIH Pro League in Christchurch earlier this month.