BACOOR Strikers owner Strike Revilla broke his silence days after the resignation of the coach Budds Reyes and his deputies, saying there were issues within the squad but none between management and coaches.
In a phone interview with Spin.ph, Revilla, Cavite's second district representative, said team executives were surprised by the sudden exit of Reyes along with his five assistants.
Spin.ph broke the story about Leo Isaac’s hiring as new coach as Reyes left the squad citing differences between coaches and management.
"Actually nagulat na lang kami, kasi nagtanong yung wife ko kung bakit walang practice cause may game kami ng Tuesday, and then we were just told na umalis na pala sila," said Revilla.
"Medyo unprofessional nga because they just sent a Viber message to Atty. Jonas (Castro), one of our partners, na aalis na nga sila," he added.
Asked if there's a rift between management and the coaches, Revilla was certain that there weren’t any issues at all.
However, he said that there have been issues within the squad, citing one example when they tried to trade key pieces Oping Sumalinog and Gab Banal.
"Wala. Wala naman sa amin. Pero internally, may mga problema within the team, kaya nga upon seeing it, nag-team building pa kami para ayusin," said Revilla.
"Kami naman sa management, di naman namin sila pinapakialaman as coaches, diskarte nila yun e. Siyempre after the games may mga comments din kami, pero karapatan din naman namin yun, di ba?"
But the Strikers are now putting the issue behind them as they begin life with former Blackwater head coach Isaac.
Isaac was recommended by no less than PBA legend Robert Jaworski when the management was scrambling for a new head coach last Sunday.
Jaworski, whose wife is a daughter of former action star Ramon Revilla, Sr., coached Isaac during his days at Ginebra.
"Mukhang napaganda pa nga e," Revilla said, optimistic after their first team dinner with Isaac.
"Wala naman kaming galit sa kanila, okay naman na sa amin, pero sana hindi na sila nagslita ng kung ano-ano," Revilla said.
Upon seeing his team for the first time on Monday as they prepare for their match against Rizal on Tuesday evening, Isaac shares the same optimism.
"Very positive. Magaganda ang mga ngiti," Isaac said.
"Now it's all a matter of turning yung mga magagandang ngiti na yun into something positive for us."