BA of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh said he was not shocked by Rexy Mainaky's resignation as he believes the former Olympic champion is professional enough to know the right time to move on after coaching in Malaysia for seven years.
Nadzmi said BAM must always be ready and be prepared in such a manner that nobody is indispensable and is confident Rexy's efforts should be continued by the other coaches that take over.
While Nadzmi said Rexy has done a good job, he felt that the Indonesian might have failed to find an effective way to make Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong rediscover their form that saw them win the 2006 Asian Games gold.
"Rexy has done his best. He is a professional and if he can't deliver he has to move on," said Nadzmi after speaking to the women's and mixed doubles players at Juara Stadium yesterday.
"Rexy has tried but he may not have found the effective formula to bring Kien Keat-Boon Heong to where they were when they began in 2006.
"Rexy didn't leave the players in the lurch as he has put up a programme until the Olympics and has also given his assistants Jeremy (Gan) and (Chong) Kein Ling equal responsibility and has trained them to take over.
"The players have also stated they can continue with the programme. The Olympics is three months away and it is the initiative and focus of the players that are going to help them in London.
"The doubles is totally a new ball game and it is about speed and power and the ability to play aggressively right to the end and I have to admit our players are lagging behind our rivals. The coaches have to give emphasis to these aspects."
Women's doubles Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui, who are virtually confirmed of their places in the Olympics, thanked Rexy for his faith in them despite struggling for more than a year.
Pei Tty said Rexy's biggest contribution is to add more variety to their performance which helped them achieve better results.
"We were a little shocked but nothing can be done as he has already resigned and accepted an offer from the Philippines national team.
"We are close to qualifying for the Olympics and we are thankful to him," said Pei Tty.
"We used to adopt a straight forward game but he added variations and also improved on our skills.
"This helped us to get more quality results on the international stage.
"He is also quite serious in training and gets angry if we take it easy.
"We will continue with the programme set by him. We are also used to training under different coaches and we have no problems training under someone else."
Eei Hui said she will miss Rexy during tournaments as he is good at psyching up players before matches.
"I am sad that he is leaving because he is a good coach.
"Rexy is good at psyching us up in tournaments and we will miss his presence during matches." said Eei Hui.
Men's doubles coach Tan Kim Her also praised Rexy's efforts in identifying and nurturing Kien Keat-Boon Heong as a world class pair.
"Rexy deserves the credit of forming the Kien Keat-Boon Heong combination and making them the Asian Games champions and there were also achievements they earned under him." said Kim Her.
Rexy will continue training the women's doubles squad for another week while Pang Cheh Chang could take over after that and the final decision is expected from the coaching and training committee which meets on April 26.