Newcastle Linked Strongly With Spanish Manager

There are reports in Spain today that say Newcastle are interested in former Spanish International Paco Jemez, who is currently manager at Rayo Vallecano and the club are currently in 11th place in the top Spanish League, and over the last two seasons under Paco, they have finished in the top twelve.

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45 year-old Paco Jemez – Newcastle said to be interested

The former Spanish center-back has been in management since 2007, and has managed six clubs in that time, and while playing he represented Spain 21 times and played for a number of clubs including Zaragoza.

Jemez is out of contract in the summer, and therefore he would be about £2M cheaper than Steve McClaren will be, because Steve would have to break his contract at Derby County, so that’s always attractive to Mike Ashley, who likes cheap deals.

Jemez has done a decent job at Rayo over the last three seasons in charge, and Spanish media outlet Marca are reporting that there is real interest in him from Newcastle.

He took up coaching in 2007 with RSD Alcala and got them promoted to the second division in the following season, and then in 2009 Jemez signed with FC Cartagena, and he got them their first ever promotion to the second division of Spanish football.

In April 2010, Jemez was appointed coach at struggling UD Las Palmas in the second division, and he saved his hometown side from relegation that season and they finally finished in 17th place, one place above the drop zone.

In June three years ago Jemez was appointed at former club Rayo in La Liga, and in the last two seasons they have finished in 8th and 12th places.

So the 45 year-old has had some success in his first eight years in management and would probably jump at the chance to join Newcastle United, but it will depend on what division Newcastle are in next season as to who gets appointed head coach.

The news up to this point was that Newcastle had two candidates left in John Carver and Steve McClaren, but neither excites Newcastle fans, and it;s hard to see how Carver would ever get the job after his terrible record at the club this year.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    £2M cheaper than McClaren……. SOLD

    lets not look for the cheapest option please Mike!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 29, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Not sure if you are accusing me of being a blog or internet bully there, seen as I was the only one who responded prior to that claim that they are the ones who bite…. I’d like to hope I don’t come across as a bully in the slightest.

    Anyway, to continue your analogy of the fire in the kitchen. The person with access to the water supply to put out the fire, feels that the fire isn’t doing sufficient damage to do long term harm and we can continue on for now letting the fire burn. Going back to the club, Carver is the fire (I presume), Ashley the foundations. Charnley and Ashley have access to the water, but do not agree that anything needs to be done.

    So, what happens now? We are stuck accepting having a fire in the kitchen plus terrible foundations. I agree, the here and now needs attention, but that can really only be helped from those above, who seem reticent to do anything.

  • cyprus

    Apr 29, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    And Lilo, absolutely not accusing you!

    Everyone has their take on this MA, I honestly don’t, though because of this I occasionally get an internet bully to bite. Is he any worse than the rest of them? I don’t know.

    He will probably tell you that he did try to please the people: big personal investment; brought in popular coaches (KK, Shearer) with just as bad end results as his choices; did try to communicate in the past, didn’t help; salaries and player evaluation near or around top 8; AP declaring no more excuses and now ready to kick on for PL, not years ago, but THIS year.

    I KNOW his many mistakes, not sure they justify hate and threats.

    In or out, Ashley should not be the subject of discussion today. Today, JC needs help:

    There’s a fire just started in the kitchen. Someone insists, ignore that fire, it’s the house’s foundations which are rotten. He’s right, they’re sxxxxe, the whole thing will come down one day if the foundations aren’t fixed, if that is at all possible. His vision is indeed admirable, as most people just concentrate on the here and now.

    But, should we not put out that fire and then deal with the foundations? Or should we let the fire burn the whole thing down? Of course, then the foundations will be easier to fix, since there’ll be no house on top.

    Your pick. Both have merits.

  • spitfire_

    Apr 29, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Are he’s okay to work in Championship? Oh, yeah, and to have Carver, Stone and Woodman as his staff.

  • geordie157

    Apr 29, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Even if we end up a decent manager (If Boro fail to go up, i think it will be Karanka). We’ll still be stuck with most of the coaching team, that i could accept if the new manager sorry head coach is allowed to bring 2 or 3 coaches with him.

    I think I read somewhere that we have one of the smallest coaching teams in the league. We need fresh ideas at the club.

    If anyone watched Bournemouth Monday night, that’s the football i want to see. If we stay up and they play like that that’s 6 points Bournemouth next season for sure.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 29, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Brownlie here. I’ve persuaded Old Blackley to let you out of the box. I think I got him worried when I suggested the gang might report him to the NSPCC for cruelty to Ciarans.

    All you said was:

    “I’ve criticised him for not doing due diligence because he created a situation wherein he wanted to flip the club for a quick profit but because he was lumbered with debt that he was unaware he was liable to pay immediately, he couldn’t do so.”

    So Blackley says you can come out. He just wants you to answer a couple of points and then he’ll throw down the ladder. He even says out of the goodness of his heart that any of the gang can help you out.

    1) what evidence do you cite from the time or later that at the time of purchase Ashley jntended to flip the club for a quick profit?

    2) How was Ashley going to operate that strategy? How was he going to quickly convince another purchaser that the club was worth more than he paid for it? If he wasn’t going to sprinkle fairy dust, what was he going to do?

    The quicker anyone helps you the better. Do you want me to throw you down a blanket in the meantime, young fella? The sun never gets in there.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #7

    would absolutely love a spanish manager, but we still need to dump carver, stone, watson and woodman.

  • hibbit

    Apr 29, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #8

    geordie karanka wont be sacked by boro ashley wont pay boro compen plus karanka has his own team of 5 coaches / trainers would he come without them i don’t think so

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 29, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Brownlie here again. Blackley wants to remind you of your boast that your answers are always objective, based on evidence, unlkke Blackley’s, which are subjective, personal viewpoints, which according to you, are not allowed on this blog.

  • mindshaft

    Apr 29, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Hope he’s happy managing in the championship

  • mindshaft

    Apr 29, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #11

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see mackems beat Everton (nothing to play for) and Leicester who will have leapfrogged us by then.
    Can’t see us getting another point with clueless Charver in charge.

    Not to worry, am sure Ashley has wage reduction clauses in players contracts in the event of relegation ( especially after getting stung by this last time) – the better players (i.e. more expensive ) will be gone this summer anyway ( Cisse, Sissoko, Krul, Tiote, Janmatt, Perez )
    Still at least we won’t need to loan Arma out to get game experience as I’m sure he’ll get plenty in championship with us

  • hibbit

    Apr 29, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12

    boy done good still 100% sure we will stay up think you have your head in the sand hull wanted to to win last night we don’t

  • Sav

    Apr 29, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    The hope of scrapping our way to the top of the Championship is more exciting right now than the thoughts of another season sinking slowly to the bottom of the Prem.
    Like a Spanish manager whose contract has expired, perhaps relegation will bring our club’s price down and maybe someone with an interest in success and excitement will take it over…here’s hoping
    Like the shock of an ice-bath after the game, maybe the plunge into relegation would aid a speedier recovery.

  • TikiTakaAcca

    Apr 29, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    For those who don’t know much about him or Rayo, he plays VERY ATTACKING football.

    Rayo score lots, but also concede bagfulls.

    Almost a 2-6-2 formation.

    Very entertaining to watch.

  • HoboToon

    Apr 29, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Haha i love this! This guy is nuts! The way they play is just amazing to watch! Tikitaka is right they play a crazy attacking style but concede loads but honestly i woul take it. Eclvery game is exciting and they were the first team to have more possession than vraca last season but they conceded 6 i think haha… In simpler terms, the opposite of chelsea is how this man likes his football

  • HoboToon

    Apr 29, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    Eclvery = every
    Varca = barca

  • barnatoon

    Apr 29, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #17

    tikitakaacca is right.
    Rayo massively entertaining,
    club has NO money
    every season they sell ALL his players.
    He picks up waht he can get, loanees, veterans out of contract,
    and before you know it they’re playing the best football in la Liga.
    Been saying for years he’s be perfect for the toon.
    Whassaped him from work (barcelona media) and he’s keen.
    He brought through Diego Costa on loan fromAtletico
    alberto bueno this season (top Spanish national scorer).
    Paco is the man we need


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