OLSEN Racela said that as far as he’s concerned, he is still the head coach of the Petron Blaze Boosters.
Reacting to a Spin.ph report, Racela said no one from San Miguel Corp. management has informed him of any plan to name Gee Abanilla as Petron coach in his place and American Todd Purves as team consultant.
Neither has anyone informed him of reported plans to transfer him to San Mig Coffee to serve as one of Tim Cone’s assistant coaches, the longtime San Miguel Beer star added.
“Wala, no one has talked to me about that (trade),” Racela said on Tuesday. “As far as I know, I’m still the head coach of Petron.”
The 42-year-old Racela said he even presided over the team’s first practice on Monday morning as part of the Boosters’ early preparation for the season-ending Governors Cup.
“We had our first practice together nung Monday after the long break. So we did more of conditioning, skills work and weights training,” he added.
Regardless of the reports, Racela said his focus is on whipping his team back to shape, getting an import that best fits the team’s local talent and hopefully, finish the Governors Cup with a championship after frustrating stints in the first two conferences this season.
“Siyempre, kami yung isa sa mga naunang natanggal (sa Commissioner's Cup), kaya bumalik kami ng maaga sa practice. Now, my focus is to get the best import available for our team based on our need,” he said.
Multiple sources told Spin.ph on Monday that Abanilla, recently removed as head coach of La Salle, is set to take over from Racela in a coaching shuffle that would also see Purves come in as a consultant similar to the set-up Racela had with Rajko Toroman in the Philippine Cup.
Purves led the Warriors to the Asean Basketball League title last year, but could only lead Indonesia to a runner-up finish this year after being swept by the San Miguel Beermen in the Finals.