JOHN Todd Purves' days as de-facto coach of the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA are numbered, SMC sources confirmed to Spin.ph on Thursday.
Purves, who is currently on vacation in the US, might still be kept as a consultant of the team but will definitely not call the shots like he did in an 'active consultant' role last season, the sources added.
As such, he may not have a place on the bench, they added.
“Yun ang matunog ngayon sa management. Pero very secretive ngayon sa taas eh. Hindi pa nila agad nilalabas hanggat sure na,” said a team insider who asked that he not be named.
“Sa ngayon kasi hindi pa nila inaasikaso kasi naka-focus pa yung management sa Spain trip,” he added of the PBA board of governors' trip to see Gilas Pilipinas play in the Fiba World Cup in Seville.
However, sources said the die has been cast for Purves after a 2014 campaign that saw the star-studded Beermen get eliminated at the quarterfinal stage twice and fall in the semifinals once.
Purves, a former videographer for the Sacramento Kings, joined the Beermen as a consultant last year after leading the Indonesia Warriors to a championship and a runner-up finish in the Asean Basketball League.
The American coach took on the 'active consultant' role from Gee Abanilla this season but has not had much success trying to turn around an underachieving Beermen side.
“Hindi kasi happy 'yung taas sa naging resulta kasi masakit para sa amin yung twice na hindi umusad sa semis yung team. Alam naman ng lahat ang lakas-lakas nung lineup,” said the source.
Asked if Purves will be given a second chance, the source said it is unlikely especially with a strong clamor from fans for his replacement.
“Mukhang malabo na. Maingay na rin ang fans eh. Saka hindi talaga happy ang management,” said the source, adding management is aware of the fans' growing disenchantment with Purves.
So far, only the higher-ups at San Miguel know for certain when an announcement on a coaching change will take place, as Purves is not expected to return until after August 12.
The PBA rookie draft is set on August 24.
“Hindi namin alam kung sa draft day (August 24) ba eh, siya pa rin ang in charge o may iba na. Yun din ang inaabanagan namin ngayon,” said the source.
“Pero pwedeng siya muna andun, tapos biglang may coach na papangalanan na. Depende yan eh.”
Once a change is done, the source said it is also likely that current head coach Biboy Ravanes may be shuffled to another position.
“Baka hindi na rin si Biboy. Depende 'yan. Pero yung coach na next na uupo, if ever, baka galing din dito sa loob (San Miguel camp),” said the source, rattling off the names of Boycie Zamar and Ato Agustin as among the possible repleacements.