Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez has told Marca that he is open to working in the Premier League.
In quotes translated and published by Skysports.com, the reported Newcastle United managerial candidate has made it clear that he is ready to take charge of a club in the English top flight if the timing is right.
“Yes, if there is a team that I fancy and believes that I can achieve something important with them,” Jemez told Marca when asked if he would like to coach in England, as reported by Sky Sports. “The issue is when.
"Now I am very comfortable in Spain, but if tomorrow or within three years I have to take my suitcase I will do it. I am not afraid of challenges. In the duration of my career I would like to test [myself], one day, in England.”
Jemez’s current contract with Spanish club Rayo runs out at the end of the season, and no new deal is in place.
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.
According to Madrid-based Spanish sports daily Marca, Jemez is among the candidates that the Premier League will consider in the summer.
John Carver is currently in charge of the Magpies, but results under him have been poor and there is a chance that the team could get relegated to the Championship.
Since taking charge of Madrid outfit Rayo 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 could finish in the top 10.