Paco Jemez may bring entertainment to Newcastle, but at what cost?

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Paco has been linked with the vacant managerial chair at Newcastle.

The former Spanish international defender has been linked with taking charge at St James’ Park next season, as per the Chronicle, with his Rayo contract expiring at the end of this term.

The man who has led Rayo to their greatest ever La Liga finish, Paco would look to be an inspired appointment for Mike Ashley to make, and his outspoken attitude certainly goes against the typical man Ashley would look to hire.

Paco guarantees attacking football at all times, and his philosophy is to always go for the win, as three draws give the same points as a victory - so why not go all out.

That is a bold philosophy, and one that has worked well for Rayo, who have the cheapest squad in La Liga by some distance.

This is the kind of philosophy that Newcastle fans want to see utilised on Tyneside, and Paco certainly seems to channel the ‘Great Entertainers’ with his style.

On paper, Paco reads as the perfect appointment, and seeing him in charge of Newcastle in the future would be incredible. However, even though he is a great appointment, he is no the right appointment at this moment in time.

In the 2013/14 season, Rayo finished 12th in the table, but Paco was given the full season to work at the club due to their expectations of relegation. Thus, he overachieved, but some of the performances his team put in were dreadful, and at Newcastle that would cost him his job.

They went on a run of six straight defeats at the beginning of the campaign, conceding 21 goals, because they never tried to be conservative. They frequently lost games by more than three goals, and although they would be dominating possession against everyone - including a game in which they held the ball more than Barcelona - they frequently lost - that Barca game was a 6-0 defeat.

Even yesterday, with Rayo leading Valencia 1-0, and close to securing what would be an impressive three points, they continuously attacked rather than trying to hold onto their lead. On 66 minutes, with their full-backs still in the attacking third, Rayo had a defender sent off for a last man challenge that he was force to commit due to have no cover ahead of him. Valencia scored the resulting free-kick to claim the draw.

There is no stability with Paco, and Newcastle need that more than anything at the moment. They need results ahead of entertainment now, and there is no guaranteeing that Paco can bring that.

A coach needs to come in who can sort out the squad he inherits, bringing strong defensive strength and order to his team, and secured a mid-table finish. That may not sound exciting, but right now the Magpies do not need exciting at this moment in time.

After that, Paco would be great for Newcastle, as he represents everything that is great about the club’s entertaining philosophy - a philosophy that has been lacking in the last few years.

Newcastle need to appoint the former Spanish international, but right now, they should stay away until the club is ready to move forward at a blistering pace.

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