MANNY V. Pangilinan welcomed the arrival of Yeng Guiao as new NLEX coach, stressing the partnership is a ‘perfect fit’ between him and the Road Warriors.
“I’m happy for NLEX. We welcome him and we’re happy that he’s with us,” said the man on top of the MVP Group of Companies Friday night after watching Game One of the PBA Governors Cup finals between Meralco and Barangay Ginebra.
Two days before, Guiao made a stunning move when he decided to end a successful, six-year partnership with Rain or Shine when he decided to take the coaching job in a talented NLEX squad that has underachieved in its first two seasons in the league.
Guiao took over the NLEX post from Boyet Fernandez.
The six-time champion coach, including two with the Elasto Painters, said more than the financial aspect, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) side of the contract he got with NLEX had a lot to do with his decision to join the MVP Group, insisting the side of the deal should augurs well in helping the former congressman from the first district of Pampanga to continue serving his constituents.
The NLEX tollways that connect Metro Manila to provinces in Central Luzon also factored in the biggest coaching move in the league since Tim Cone transferred from Alaska to B-Meg (now Star Hotshots) in 2011.
“There’s a strong justification of the tollways in Pampanga, so I think that’s partly the reason why he entertained the notion of joining NLEX,” according to Pangilinan.
With Guiao on board, Pangilinan expects the Road Warriors to contend for no less than a first ever championship for the young franchise.
“We expect them (Road Warriors) to be following in Meralco’s footsteps,” said the PLDT and Smart Communications chairman, obviously referring to the Bolts, who are in their first ever finals appearance in the season-ending tournament under coach Norman Black.