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Cardel tackles tough job in wake of Dandan resignation from Dyip

Cardel tackles tough job in wake of Dandan resignation from Dyip

JOHNEDEL Cardel is not one to back down from challenges.

The former PBA player and national team member said he’s ready to take on the job as new head coach of Columbian Dyip despite being named to the post on short notice following the resignation of Ricky Dandan.

“It’s a tough job but I’m ready to take on the challenge,” said Cardel a few moments after being promoted from deputy to head coach of Columbian.

Cardel, who’s nursing cough and colds, met with team board of governor Bobby Rosales Thursday noon at the Columbian Dyip office to formally accept the job.

Rosales said Cardel’s ‘familiarity with the system applied by coach Ricky’ is what made him the perfect choice to be Columbian’s next mentor.

At the same time, Rosales added, “we give our own people the break if qualified.”

Art dela Cruz, according to sources, was also considered for the post, but declined as he opted to remain in his capacity as team consultant.

Cardel said he’ll be only bringing with him Hubert delos Santos to be part of the team’s coaching staff.

“Parang siya lang yung papalit sa position ko kasi pinalitan ko nga si coach Ricky. Hindi rin naman kasi ganun karami yung coaching staff ng team,” said Cardel of Columbian, which only had Robert dela Rosa and Emerson Colina as the deputy coaches left.

It will be the second head coaching stint in the pro league for Cardel, albeit on a full-time basis. He once called the shots as interim coach for Globalport during the Commissioner’s Cup two years ago, but only for a number of games.

“Yes, this time full-time na according to Boss Bobby,” Cardel said.

The former La Salle Green Archer said he’s been given a contract extension by Columbian following the promotion.

“Sabi ni Boss Bobby extend lang namin yung contract ko as assistant coach,” said Cardel, who got an additional one-season extension with the team as coach, including a raise in his paycheck.

Columbian will still run the same system implemented by Dandan especially after being in strong contention for a playoffs berth in the Commissioner’s Cup.

“We just fell short actually in our last two games (both losses) against Globalport and Barangay Ginebra, but we were there,” he said.

“So may kaunti lang akong idadagdag, but basically we’ll run the same system by coach Ricky,” added the new Columbian coach. “I think crucial that we find the right import in the Governors Cup, kasi that was crucial in our campaign this conference with John Fields.”

Following its exit in the mid-season tournament, some of the Columbian players went on a brief vacation, and won’t be back until next month.

Cardel said he’ll have his first ever practice with the team as head coach on July 9.