RAJKO Toroman felt he could have done far more for Petron Blaze in the Philippine Cup had the San Miguel organization given him “enough time to let his system sink deep” into the team.
“At Petron, there was no time to do too much. There was just a short time for me in Petron," Toroman told Spin.ph in an exclusive interview after emerging from talks with Barako Bull at the Edsa-Shang-rila Hotel on Saturday.
"If you want to put a system defensively, it will take you not just one month, maybe six months. But some coaches say it will take at least two years to get your defensive system (in place).”
Toroman is currently in talks with Barako Bull officials for its coaching job after his request to be released from his two-year contract as Petron consultant was granted by SMC management on Saturday.
The Serb felt his stay with Petron was still in its "feeling my way" stages when he was eased out of the team in late October after the Boosters' slow 2-3 start to the Philippine Cup.
The Serbian mentor said his removal from Petron as team consultant caught him by surprise considering the Boosters were coming off a rousing 98-95 win over sister team Barangay Ginebra days before he was removed.
“You know that (being relieved of his position) was a surprise for me since we were coming off a nice game (against Ginebra). The team had some problems with Marcio’s (Lassiter) injury. But you see, the team improved a little bit when Marcio returned from the injury,” he added.
Asked if he felt ousted by a 'coup' instigated by players amid grumbling over his tough practices and spartan-like style, Toroman said: “I don’t think that much, but I am not ashamed of what I did for Petron, I brought them new philosophy. You can’t just get it overnight."
Now that he is free from his contract with SMC, Toroman hopes to complete his "unfinished business" in the pro league with a Barako Bull team that is badly in need of direction after struggling to keep up with marquee teams over the past few seasons.
Toroman said he hopes to seal a deal with the Energy Cola early next week.
“We will discuss the final details and I want to finish off what I started with Petron at Barako," he said.