LIKE a good soldier, Boyet Fernandez said he is ready and willing to take on the San Beda coaching job if and when asked by top school patron Manny V. Pangilinan.
“I will not say no to boss MVP,” said the NLEX coach on Wednesday after the Road Warriors’ 89-76 win over Cebuana Lhuillier in the PBA D-League elims at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.
“Whatever his decision is, I will follow.”
Pangilinan confirmed to Spin.ph on Wednesday that Fernandez is on the shortlist of coaches he plans to recommend for the San Beda job vacated by Ronnie Magsanoc.
San Beda’s top backer, however, made it clear that he can only recommend and that the final decision on the matter will be made by school officials.
Aside from coaching MVP-owned NLEX, Fernandez, along with Magsanoc, sits as one of the assistants of Ryan Gregorio in one of Pangilinan’s PBA ballclubs, Meralco.
Fernandez expressed surprise that he has the inside track on the San Beda job.
"I'm surprised about it. I never applied for the position but I'm grateful for boss MVP that he's seeing what I'm doing for NLEX at sa (Meralco) Bolts. But it still depends on my bosses," he said.
Pressure will surely come with the position, he said, especially in the wake of the acomplishments of Magsanoc who won a championship in his first and only season at the helm of the Red Lions.
"There's too much pressure because I have to fill the big shoes of Ronnie,” Fernandez said. “But I’m excited.”
Fernandez has won championships in the PBA and D-League but was a bust in his only stint in college basketball, failing to steer the University of the Philippines to a single win after taking over from Aboy Castro in 2008.