Paco Jémez, fans favorite to take over from Del Bosque
The Rayo Vallecano coach received most votes in an AS.com online poll as to who should replace Del Bosque as Spanish national coach after Euro 2016.
Seculation is mounting surrounding Vicente del Bosque's continuation as Spanish national team coach after the 2016 European championships. Despite the coach from Salamanca not committing to a long term future as Spanish coach, it's anticipated that he will stand down after the tournament in France next summer. The names of potential successors to the most successful coach in the history of 'La Roja' are now starting to surface.
AS.Com carried out an online survey among supporters to see who they deemed a worthy successor to Del Bosque and one coach came out as a strong favorite. With 21 international caps to his name and being the coach who has maintained Rayo Vallecano in the top flight for five successive seasons (with one of La Liga's lowest budgets): Paco Jémez received 23,20% of the vote. Jémez has seen his Rayo team establish themselves as one of the most attractive footballing sides in La Liga with a philosophy of maintaining possession and a style of play not too distant from the 'tiki-tala' which La Roja have employed so well.
Pep Guardiola came second in the vote and despite having an excellent relationship wiith Del Bosque, it's deemed that the Catalan coach would prefer to stay in club management with speculation surrounding a move to English Premier club, Manchester City growing constantly.
Sevilla's, Unai Emery came in third position with 10,42% of the vote and the Basque coach has a contract with the Andalusian club that runs through to June 2017.
Top 10 - Future Spanish coach (AS:Com survey)
Name/Current team/ % of vote
1 - Paco Jémez (Rayo Vallecano) - 23,30%
2 - Pep Guardiola (Beyern Munich) - 18,48%
3 - Unai Emery (Sevilla) - 10,42%
4 - Julen Lopetegui (FC Porto) - 8,15%
5 - Michel (Olympique Marseille) - 5,70%
6 - Joaquin Caparros (no team) - 5.45%
7 - Ernesto Valverde (Athletic) - 5.12%
8 - Pepe Mel (Betis) - 4,13%
9- Marcelino (Villarreal) - 3,95%
10 - Camacho (no team) - 3,34%