UNIVERSITY of the Philippines team manager Dan Palami aired fears of a pullout of support from the Maroons if the school administration refuses to take into consideration the recommendation of a massive revamp of the team, including the head-coaching position.
UP College of Human Kinetics dean Ronnie Dizer earlier said he is inclined to retain Maroons coach Rey Madrid amid mounting calls for changes led by Palami, who has asked that the UP coaching job “virtually vacated” so other applicants can be considered.
Palami said he respects Dizer’s decision, but warned of a possible pullout of team sponsors if no steps are done to revive a team that has gone through one losing season after another since its only UAAP championship back in 1986.
“At the end of the day, it’s UP administration’s decision,” Palami said. “But we’ll have to assess, because we also have a responsibility to our supporters and sponsors and to the people who are helping the program.
“And if they feel that we are not doing anything to address the situation, then the support that we have been able to muster the last season might once again drift away.”
Palami, who became manager at the start of Season 77, also stood firm in his stand of a total overhaul of the make-up of the league’s perennial whipping boys, who have lost all but 10 of their 112 games in the past eight years.
Drastic steps contained in his recommendations are necessary to improve the Maroons, he added.
“I was hired to look at the program objectively and I’m basing all these recommendations on what I have seen the past season. And I think if they really want to improve and if they want an honest-to-goodness result na positive, then I hope they follow the recommendations.”
Palami is no stranger to success, being the man behind the rise of the Azkals and Philippine football the last few years.
“My recommendations are based on my experiences as manager of teams that have been coming off winless years as well. So I know what has to be done. And I think that is the way to go.”