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.
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.