Another PSL coach on way out?

Thursday, 03 Nov 2016
Nads Ong - Correspondent - @nadineisreal
After absorbing three loses, Generika is teetering on the brink of disaster but it appears the biggest casualty will be its head coach.

Generika coach Francis Vicente raised the idea of calling it quits in the aftermath of the Lifesavers’ ugly start in the 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.

Moments after absorbing a straight-set beating from reigning champion Foton, Vicente admitted that his players are no longer responding to him, prompting him to toy with the idea of stepping down.

The Lifesavers have the materials to contend. They have a tall frontline in Ria Meneses and Gen Casugod as well as powerful hitters in Chloe Cortez and Shaya Adorador. Their setter is veteran Rubie de Leon assisted by rising star Kathleen Arado. Former Trinidad and Tobago national team standout Darlene Ramdin and Ukrainian Polina Liutikova are their imports, making them one of the most exciting teams in the country’s most prestigious club league.

But still, Generika is falling way below expectation as its suffered flattening setbacks to Petron and RC Cola-Army before the league took a three-week break to give way for the country’s hosting of the FIVB Women’s Club Championship.

Things didn’t change after the break as Generika was badly beaten by reigning champion Foton in a game that was obviously one-sided from start to finish.

Meneses was the lone bright spot with four of her points off blocks while Liutikova chipped in seven markers. And it obviously didn’t sit well with Vicente.

I’m really not satisfied with how we performed. Actually, I just don’t want to leave any comment because I might get misinterpreted. I’m very sad because we’ve been practicing for how many months but still we are not able to get good result.

Leave or cede

He said if things do not change, he might as well pull off the plug.

It’s either I’ll leave the position as head coach or just leave all the responsibilities to my assistant coach. You can see it on the next game. If I’m in the bench, it means I’m still holding on to them. But if not, it means that I already left them.

Vicente is billed as the league’s a miracle worker. He erected Philips Gold from scratch and managed to make them come up with a serious run for the crown in the Grand Prix last year, thanks to the core of Michelle Gumabao, Melissa Gohing, Myla Pablo and Lindsay Dowd with a pair of powerful imports in Bojana Todorovic and Alexis Olgard.

Sideliners believe that the Lady Slammers could make a serious run this year due to its chemistry and firepower. But fate had a different script.Philips Gold transferred to the other league, prompting Vicente to reboot his coaching program with Generika.

Vicente said he wants to sit down with the management first before making any drastic action.

I will let the management know first since we are a commercial team. I don’t want to make an abrupt decision, but at the same time, I also don’t want to lose my honor and respect to myself.

If ever Vicente calls it quits, he will be the third coach to go following Villet Ponce-de Leon of Foton and George Pascua of Petron.

I really don’t like these kind of things. It’s my face on the line. I can say that I can leave them alone because they may not like me as a coach or the way I handle them.