Bees chairman confirms Paco talks

Brentford chairman Cliff Crown has admitted the club have held talks with Rayo Vallecano head coach Paco Jemez about becoming their new head coach.

Paco, a 44-year-old former Spain international whose side are currently 11th in La Liga, is the club’s preferred candidate to replace Mark Warburton after it was announced on Monday he will leave at the end of the season

Crown insisted the club will interview a number of candidates and, although he has not ruled out a British appointment, he admits the new head coach is likely to be a foreigner.

“We have had a conversation with Paco, but no more than a talk about philosophies,” Crown confirmed.

“We are in the very early stages. We’ve had a couple of initial discussions but no more than that and we will continue to look at it over the next few months and we’ll see where we get to in the summer.

“We won’t rule out British appointments. If there is someone from Britain that buys into the philosophy then I wouldn’t rule that out.

“But a foreign coach who is used to the kind of philosophy we believe in is more likely to show that they’re the right person.

“We have a vision and whoever comes in will have to show they accept that.”

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