IT seems players are not the only ones who have to deal with contract issues. Coaches do, too.
Rain or Shine, sources said, has yet to offer coach Yeng Guiao a new deal four months after steering the Elasto Painters to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship.
Guiao’s contract with the team he first joined in 2011 is set to expire next month, but SPIN.ph learned no contract negotiations have been held between the multi-titled coach and team management.
A source who’s very close to the outspoken mentor said Guiao himself is a bit puzzled on why no one has approach him yet about a new contract, making him feel a bit uncertain about his future in a franchise he led to two championship runs in his five-year stint.
“Ang gusto lang naman ni coach malaman kung interesado pa ba sa kanya ang team, kasi until now wala pang napag-uusapan kung ire-renew ba siya o hindi,” the source related.
“Ang sa kanya (Guiao) lang para malaman naman niya yung options that he will take.”
Guiao kept mum about the matter.
Sought out for a reaction, Rain or Shine co-team owner Terry Que and board of governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon said Guiao should have nothing to worry about.
"We don't have any problem with coach Yeng. We want him very much here (at Rain or Shine)," said Que, the other half of the Elasto Painters amiable owners along with Raymund Yu.
"Kami naman gentleman's agreement lagi so wala dapat ikabahala si coach Yeng."
The 57-year-old Guiao ranks fifth in the list of coaches with the most league championships won with seven titles. He has also led the Elasto Painters to nine straight conference trips to the Final Four - the longest active streak in the pro league.
Under Guiao, Rain or Shine also made the finals six times and won the 2012 Governors Cup and this year’s Commissioner’s Cup.
But his stay with the team has also been marred by numerous ejections, suspensions, and fines amounting to hundreds of thousands of pesos, primarily for his vocal criticism of league officiating.