NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez is hoping for the best as far as his future at the helm of the Road Warriors is concerned, leaving it all up to team owner Manny V. Pangilinan.
Rumors have long swirled about Fernandez’s future, which can now be revisited after the Road Warriors’ season came to an end on Friday night when they lost to San Miguel Beer in their PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals campaign.
“As what I’ve always said before, it’s always been boss MVP’s (call),” Fernandez said. “I’ll always follow what my boss wants. I’m here because of him. I’ve always been grateful for that.”
“Wala naman ako rito ngayon kung hindi dahil kay boss eh and the rest of the NLEX bosses,” the champion coach added. "So (Whatever the) future holds for me, na kay boss na yun. Basta kung ano man ang ipapatrabaho niya sa akin, tatrabahuhin ko pa rin.”
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Fernandez still has an existing contract, but he believes that doesn’t guarantee anything.
“Ayaw ko ipangalakdakan yun kasi, alam mo naman sa amin, contracts are not … basta sa amin, respeto kay boss,” he insisted. “Kung ano ang desisyon ni boss, yun na yun.”
“Beholden ako sa decision ni boss,” he added.
Whatever happens, Fernandez is proud of his wards’ effort, particularly against the Beermen when they made comeback from 17 points to go down fighting.
“I thank my players for not giving up,” he said. “They really showed their hearts today. They gave their all-out effort this time. I could not ask for more.”
Fernandez also underlined the Road Warriors reaching the playoffs in all three conferences this season as exceeding expectations.
“For me, we achieved something that people thought we couldn’t achieve,” Fernandez insisted. “Everybody’s been telling us that always lang kaming eliminated.”
“We surpassed what we had in the first season of NLEX,” he added of his team, which made the quarterfinals twice in its rookie season last year.
“But sayang pa rin,” he added. “We couldn’t get over the hump.”