Las Palmas relegation must spark total clearout

Paco Jemez

Las Palmas have been relegated from La Liga following a disastrous season and the worry for the club now is how they will bounce back. Alongside Malaga, Los Amarillos have comfortably been the worst side in Spain’s top flight this season with boss Paco Jemez unable to steer them to safety, with just two wins in 20 attempts since his December appointment.

The worry for the Gran Canarian club is that they will need to rebuild their entire squad with a host of summer departures expected, including their eight current loanees of which star striker Jonathan Calleri is one. Continue reading

Paco Jemez and Las Palmas set for relegation

Paco Jemez, Las Palmas

Seven points separated Las Palmas from Levante – and safety from La Liga relegation – going into Sunday’s crucial clash between the two at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. It was a make or break game for the Canary Islanders – a win would give them hope of salvation while defeat would surely kill any lingering hope.

With five minutes of normal time remaining, anxiety was palpable around the stadium with the tie tantalisingly poised at 1-1. Then, Levante were reduced to ten men as goal scorer Coke  was sent-off. With Las Palmas pushing for a vital winner and the game ticking into injury time, they were hit by a sucker punch from Jose Campana which looks set to end their three-year stint in the top flight. Continue reading

La Liga exit to trigger Las Palmas sales

Las Palmas

Las Palmas has been a hot bed of inconsistency this season, with issues on and off the field leaving the Canary Island club on the brink of La Liga relegation.

With no win in their last seven La Liga games, Paco Jemez’s side are six points from safety, with nine games remaining.

This run of form has them facing a return to the Segunda Division for the first time since 2015, and the situation could be made worse by some key exits if relegation is confirmed.

Sales have become part of Las Palmas’ strategy since their return to the top flight, selling players each season to balance the books.

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Paco Jemez return guarantees entertainment at Las Palmas

Paco Jemez

When the news of Paco Jemez’s departure from Mexican club Cruz Azul was confirmed last month, fans of La Liga collectively were put on alert. The 47-year-old had spent a year in the Central American country and Spain’s top flight was distinctly a less joyful place with his absence. The former Spain international has managed six Spanish clubs previously – including a nine-month stint at Las Palmas in the 2010/11 campaign – but is most well-known for his four-year spell in charge of Rayo Vallecano.

Jemez often endears himself to fans for his humour and authenticity whilst his dedication to the principles of high-pressing, high-tempo football sells him to neutrals too. He instructs his players to express themselves, to take risks and to excite the fans. This heart-stopping brand of football can be described as ‘all or nothing’ – a draw is closer to a defeat than a victory, after all. He will be hoping this style of play will benefit Los Amarillos’ attacking talent, such as Jonathan Viera or Loic Remy. Continue reading