Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jemez distances himself from the Newcastle United job

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Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jemez is reportedly a managerial candidate for Premier League outfit Newcastle United.

Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez has been quoted as saying by AS that he wants to remain where he is.

The 45-year-old, who has been in charge of the Madrid-based outfit since 2012, has recently been linked with the managerial job at Newcastle United.

Newcastle’s current head coach John Carver is out of contract at the end of the season, and no new deal is in place.

According to Madrid-based Spanish daily Marca, Jemez is among the candidates that Newcastle will consider, but the Spaniard himself has insisted that he is not looking to leave Campo de Futbol de Vallecas in the summer.

“I want to stay," Jemez told AS, as translated by Football Espana. "I’ve said that many times. If I didn’t want to stay, I wouldn’t have given the club the possibility of talks to renew my contract.”

Jemez’s current contract with Rayo runs out at the end of the season, but it seems that he is willing to sign a new deal.

Since taking charge of the Madrid outfit in 2012, the former Deportivo La Coruna and Spain international defender have led them to eighth and 12th-placed finishes in La Liga.

Los Franjirrojos are currently 11th in the league standings and look set to finish in mid-table once again.

Jemez has done a truly good job at Rayo, and one can understand why Newcastle are (reportedly) interested in his services.

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