THE decision to retain Rey Madrid as head coach of the University of the Philippines is facing opposition from officials of the alumni association, some of whom are planning to resign once the appointment is made official, sources told Spin.ph on Tuesday.
Sources said the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) is appealing the hiring of Madrid before school president Alfredo Pascual and wants the Maroons to reconsider Allan Gregorio for the post.
Gregorio, the coach of the UP juniors squad last season, enjoys the support of the alumni who feel he is the man to lead the Maroons out of a tailspin that has seen the team win just three games over the past four seasons, sources said.
The Sinag Pilipinas assistant coach and part-time television analyst, sources added, also has the backing of businessman-sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan and Air21 owner Bert Lina who have both committed support to the Maroons once Gregorio gets the position.
UPAA officials have even threatened to resign if Gregorio is not hired for the job, sources said.
On Monday, Spin.ph has reported that Madrid, who took over after Ricky Dandan was fired midway through last season, beat out Gregorio, Big Chill coach Robert Sison, and former Joe Lipa lieutenant Jojo Villa to get the nod of school officials.
Sought for comment on Monday, UP College of Human Kinetics (CHK) officials declined to confirm Madrid's appointment but said that a decision will be announced within this week.
The UP CHK also said they have already made a recommendation as to the Maroons' head-coaching job to the Office of the Chancellor, which will have the final say on the matter.