first_imgBut even informally, Guiao doesn’t want to talk about the head coaching post beyond the World Cup.“If we don’t qualify, (I’ll quit),” he said. “Only shows that I ‘m not up to the task.”“It’s about milestones,” he added. “It’s about delivering the objective, why you’re there. If our goal is the World Cup and we don’t make it, as coach, you should resign.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “These guys play through cut foreheads and bleeding noses and show up even with their wives pregnant (at home),” said Guiao. “What kind of a hardship would it be for me to leave them? What kind of a person would I be if I do that?”There even won’t be any need for long-drawn negotiations.“We are not talking about money anyway,” he said. “(SBP officials) just told us to play, to coach, and they did not promise us anything. We just want to be of service (to the country).”Ryan Gregorio, who is a scout for the national team, said Guiao’s effect on the national program is evident. The talent depth of the national pool has expanded exponentially since he took over the reins on an interim basis.“The only problem with coach Yeng is a great problem,” Gregorio said. “Everybody wants to play for him. Marcio (Lassiter) had his forehead cut open in the game against Iran. When we flew back here, he had it stitched immediately so he can play against Qatar.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cold-shooting Philippines turns to defense in win over Qatar Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college There is no other coach in the horizon that would be a suitable successor to Reyes’ post. But Guiao refused to address the issue until he was done with the Fiba qualifying window he was tasked with.And as that window came to a close via a closed-door 92-81 victory over a fast-starting Qatar Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Guiao finally addressed the vacancy but hedged on making any commitment pending a formal announcement from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on his appointment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“If they give it to me formally, I will accept it,” said Guiao.It would be laughable, said the fiery mentor, to do otherwise. Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from Fiba.comThe moment Chot Reyes resigned as national coach, Yeng Guiao was put in the spotlight.He whipped a two-week old squad into fighting form for the Asian Games despite its top player, Jordan Clarkson, joining the team just five days before the tournament started. He kept a suspension-crippled Gilas Pilipinas in the thick of things against Iran until he ran out of tricks to offset the team’s hypothermia-hit shooting in Tehran.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img