Reports yesterday in Spain said that Newcastle were taking a keen interest in Paco Jemez as their next potential manager/head coach.

The 45 year old is currently at Rayo Vallecano and will be out of contract in June, a bonus for any interested (penny pinching) club owner looking for a new manager.

Now Paco Jemez himself has responded to the speculation that he could be a target for Newcastle United, as well as a number of other clubs including Aston Villa.

Speaking to Vavel , Paco Jemez said:

“The players, the coaches and presidents come and go, but what remains is the club and the fans.

“The Premier League is a nice place where football evolves very rapidly, it is also a step up in economic potential.

“It is a different mentality and culture. I would like to manage there some day but I don’t know when I will, I’ve still not made a decision about my future.”

Paco Jemez has now been at Rayo for three seasons and they are currently 11th, having finished 12th and 8th in the previous two seasons.

That eighth position was the highest ever achieved in the club’s history, with Rayo being one of La Liga’s lesser lights and on a tight budget Paco Jemez has built a decent reputation from his relative achievements at his first coaching job in the Spanish top flight.

Spanish sports media giant Marca said yesterday that they understood there was genuine interest from Newcastle and it remains to be seen whether Paco Jemez fancies a new challenge overseas.

As a player, Paco made his name playing for Deportivo La Coruna and Real Zaragoza, whilst he also represented his country and played for Spain in the Euros in 2000.

Newcastle have been reported to be targeting Spanish players as a new market for value, so maybe a Spanish manager/head coach isn’t out of the question.

Maybe John Carver had better get on the sangria and tapas, rather than brown ale and pies….

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