According to Madrid-based Spanish sports daily Marca, Newcastle United are interested in appointing Rayo Vallecano’s Paco Jemez as their head coach in the summer.
Although Jemez has stated that he is committed to Rayo, he has not completely ruled out taking charge of Newcastle, telling AS (as translated by The Chronicle): “I don’t know what will happen.
“Every day that passes is a day that new things come out that weren’t there before, the market starts to move and those whose contracts have finished are in the fray.”
Jemez has been in charge of Rayo since 2012 and has led the team to eighth and 12th-placed finishes in La Liga.
The former Spain international’s achievement at the Madrid outfit looks even more impressive when one considers the small budget that the club operates on.
What will be of more interest to the Newcastle fans is Jemez’s footballing philosophy. The 45-year-old was a defender during his playing career, but as a coach, he has an attacking mindset.
Earlier this week, Football Espana quoted Jemez as saying: “Our style is perhaps flashy but people seem to like it.
"We don’t mind going forward, especially when we can win games and create chances. Football is a spectacle, a sport, and people pay good money to watch it.”
Jemez made those comments before Rayo’s Liga match against top-four chasing Valencia at home on Thursday, a game which they drew 1-1.
Newcastle fans want to see attacking football, and Jemez’s comments suggest that they will get just that - if he is appointed the team’s head coach in the summer, of course.
The Magpies are pretty much an also-ran in the Premier League and do not have any ambition to win trophies.
One suspects that Jemez’s arrival is not going to change that, but at least the supporters will get to see some good football.
It is clear that the former Deportivo La Coruna defender understands that fans pay a lot of money to watch games, and that it is the players’ responsibility to play entertaining football.