Jemez still has Spain hopes

Paco Jemez admits he’d still like to be Spain Coach one day, despite only being confirmed at Granada recently, and there’s a contract release clause too.

Jemez left Rayo Vallecano at the end of the season after the Madrid club were relegated but with La Roja bowing out of Euro 2016 in the last 16 and Vicente del Bosque expected to retire, he has been touted as a successor even though he’s newly-installed at Las Carmenes, where his contract enables him to leave for the national team.

“It’s very easy to explain. These clauses are only there if there is the possibility of something so important and only if Spain calls to say they are interested in you,” Jemez told AS.

“The clauses stipulate certain objectives can be realised more easily but it no longer only depends on that…after the trust Granada have placed in me and how proud I am to be part of this project, the club would have to give me its approval if I was to get the privilege [of coaching Spain].

“If they didn’t I’d be angry, sure, but that’s how it is and I’d have to get on with it. I’m a professional with a contract that binds me to a club. I decided to sign for Granada and I will never regret that.

“We have to keep in mind that to train the best players in the country is a privilege. For the Spanish Football Federation to call at your door is almost unthinkable. I’d be very happy.

“Spain’s idea should be continuity. Anyone who comes in will have their ideas and they don’t need to wipe the slate clean and start again. Moreover, if Del Bosque continues, there will also be changes as players grow older and with others coming from behind. That’s the law of life.”

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