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Alaves and Las Palmas on alert after Paco Jemez leaves Cruz Azul

Coach Paco Jemez is attracting plenty of interest after it was announced on Monday that his time as head coach of Mexican side Cruz Azul has come to an end.

According to AS, the former Rayo Vallecano and Granada head coach is believed to be on the shortlists of both Deportivo Alaves and Las Palmas, the former who have just parted ways with Gianni De Biasi, with both sides struggling in the drop zone.

Jemez is now free to open negotiations with all interested parties after his contract with Cruz Azul was not renewed following the side’s elimination from the Apertura tournament at the hands of Club America.

A club statement read: “By mutual agreement, Cruz Azul FC and Prof. Francisco Jemez have decided not to renew their professional ties for the next tournament. We wish him the greatest success and express our thanks for his work with the club. Thanks Paco!”

Jemez, who shone as boss of Rayo Vallecano, didn’t do so well in his last La Liga job, getting the sack at Granada less than half way into last season. However, the 47-year-old is unlikely to be in the wilderness too long with his stock still high.

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The obvious vacancy at present is at Deportivo Alaves, but with Pako Ayestaran’s situation at Las Palmas increasingly uncertain, Canary Islander Jemez may jump at the chance to manage his home-town club.

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