MANILA, Philippines – Azkals team manager Dan Palami is hoping that Stephan Schröck will reconsider his decision to quit from the team, saying the German-Filipino midfielder was an important member of their squad.
“It is unfortunate that he has made that decision,” Palami told ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo.
“Stephan is an important player of the team and he will be missed in the Peace Cup and the Suzuki Cup. We are still hoping he reconsiders his decision.”
Schröck announced his resignation from the team on Monday, saying he no longer wants to work under American coach Thomas Dooley.
The German-Filipino said that Dooley apparently wants to build a team composed of newcomers and wanted to eliminate the need for Filipino-foreign players.
“Coach Dooley, he wants to go another way. He wants to build up the team without people from Europe or Filipino foreigners or whatever. I don't feel welcome,” said Schröck. “That's the reason why I'm taking a break, resigning or whatever you want to call it.”
His exit seemed to have influenced the decision of Dennis Cagara, who also opted out of the Azkals.
The Danish-Filipino leftback said, “Dooley is also the reason I won't play for the Azkals for the moment.”
Dooley, for his part, said he will clarify matters after he returns from Vietnam, where he attended the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup draw.
“We will have a PC (press conference) when I’m back from Vietnam. Then I will make my comments,” said the coach.
Meanwhile, Palami said they have no choice but to continue working on building a team for the Peace Cup and the Suzuki Cup.
“We continue on the direction based on the belief that we should put emphasis on building and organizing a strong team, and not just assemble a group of good players,” he said.