SAN Beda coach Boyet Fernandez said he is ready to follow orders amid reports that he is set to be named head coach of NLEX's team in the PBA.
“May nagsasabi sa akin (about the NLEX appointment), but until I talk to management, then I have to wait,” the San Beda coach said after the Red Lions’ 84-68 win over Lyceum in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday.
Like a good soldier, Fernandez said he will follow what Manny V. Pangilinan has in store for him as far as his coaching future is concerned. Pangilinan is the top patron of the San Beda basketball team and the big boss of Metro Pacific Investments, which controls the NLEX team.
“It’s up to my management,” he conceded. “You cannot say, ‘You want this, you want that.' It’s always been my attitude that whatever I have right now, it’s because of my management, its’ because of boss MVP.”
“I trust him and whatever he decides, it will be good for me,” the affable mentor added.
Fernandez led NLEX to six titles in the PBA D-League and is being eyed for the same position when the Road Warriors move up to the PBA after acquiring Air21's franchise.
However, accepting the NLEX job will been saying goodbye to the Red Lions, who he led to the championship in his first season as coach last season.
PBA rules prohibit head coaches from taking on similar roles in other leagues.
The current NCAA season is set to end in October, meaning the Red Lions' campaign will most likely overlap with the start of the 2014-2015 PBA season.
Asked about the prospect of leaving the Red Lions, the former PBA player said: “As long as you see me coaching San Beda, I’ll be here.”