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….


  • Polarboy

    Newcastle have offered a no comment to the Jemez link. So perhaps some validity to us being interested or perhaps misdirection given the deserved hate that Carver is getting and the less than lukewarm reception the McClaren link is getting.

  • NotFatFreddy

    ‘Jimenez’ used to be vice president, maybe it is him that we are after as manager with Wise as coach and Joe Kinnear as the link between the fans and Mike Ashley.  Now that would be the end of the world!

  • DownUnderMag

    Polarboy you mean as opposed to them not making comments on anything that we ARE linked with or any other goings on at the club beyond a TV report into SD…

  • DownUnderMag

    He hasn’t exactly set anything alight in his managerial career….not done badly on a fixed budget, but nothing that makes you sit up and take an interest (beyond our lot seeing the “free” tag on his lapel).

    Personally I would feel more confident in going for one of the managers mentioned earlier in January, but I suspect they will be either out of our price range or would be looking for clubs with more ambition than we have.  Still wouldn’t surprise me if Carver still gets the job full time.

  • Polarboy

    DownUnderMag Polarboy They have been providing the odd comment to the chronicle on the managerial front though. Repeated comments saying from what they understand, blah, blah, blah McClaren, carver and so on. They even went so far as to deny that it was Gourvennec that was being shown round the ground recently. So there is once again a dialogue between the two. That being so they could have easily just denied an interest instead of saying no comment.