|25 February 2013|
|"The team is still alive in all competitions and I hope that they can win titles," says Jose Hernandez following his shock departure from Wisla Can-Pack|
Jose Hernandez has been reflecting on his somewhat shock departure from Wisla Can-Pack ahead of the club's forthcoming EuroLeague Women play-off decider at Bourges.
Speaking to FIBA Europe correspondent Paul Nilsen, the former Spanish women's national team play-caller was eager to point out that Wisla are still in a position to challenge for silverware and that he has no regrets with leaving at such a critical time.
In fact, the coach was adamant the mutual decision to part ways, was taken in the best interests of both himself and the club.
"After almost four years away from home, and after a hard season with many problems, in addition to players having injuries, the team needs someone with greater power in this final stretch of the season" insisted Hernandez.
"I have an excellent relationship with the President and the General Manager and both parties were in agreement about taking this decision.
"The team is still alive in all competitions and I hope that they can win titles," he added.
It's been a roller-coaster ride of sorts for Hernandez, but overall, there's little doubt his record, and particularly in EuroLeague Women, stands up to closer scrutiny.
His legacy will be very much concerned with establishing Wisla Can-Pack as a top-tier team in the women's game.
He explained, "I'm very proud and very happy with this stage of my career in Krakow.
"We won titles and there has been a great involvement of the fans with the team.
"But, above all else, Wisla has become an important EuroLeague Women club.
"We have been amongst the top eight teams during the last three seasons and they had never succeeded like this previously in their history.
"I came to Krakow to compete in Europe with Wisla and they we have done so at a high level - the balance between victories and defeats reflects this."
Having left Perfumerias Avenida in 2009 after guiding the Salamanca side to the Final Four, Hernandez repeated the feat during his first season in the hot-seat in Poland by taking Wisla Can-Pack to the same stage in Valencia.
It was only during 2011 that Wisla failed to make the season finale, losing at the quarter-final stage to eventual champions and his former club, Avenida.
However, Hernandez made immediate amends by leading Wisla to a place at last years' historic Final Eight in Istanbul, ahead of winning the Polish Championship.
There is little doubt that as one of the most respected coaches in the game, it won't be long before the respective telephones of Hernandez and his representatives begin to ring.
However for now at least, Hernandez seems more concerned with re-charging the batteries before possibly taking on the next project placed tantalisingly before him.
"It's now time to rest after 11 years at the highest level and decide whether to devote more time to family and basketball training, or accept any professional offer which comes along.
"After some four years in Krakow, it was time to change, start new challenges and have new basketball dreams."
Wisla Can-Pack face Bourges Basket in a play-off series decider on Wednesday with a Final Eight place next month at stake.