Pako Ayestaran is the favourite to replace Colin Pascoe as Liverpool’s assistant manager. That’s according to reports in the Daily Mirror, which claim that our owners have made quick progress in their search for a suitable new man.
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The Spaniard spent three years with the Reds working alongside Rafael Benitez, where he helped mastermind our Champions League triumph in 2005 and our FA Cup victory twelve months later.
He’s since worked with Benfica, Valencia and become a manager – taking charge of Mexican minnows Tecos and Israeli giants Maccabi Tel Aviv – who he left earlier this year. His availability has alerted our owners, who are apparently keen on bringing him back to Anfield.
Maccabi won a domestic treble under Ayestaran but the 52-year-old is now seeking employment back in England. With Pascoe and Mike Marsh’s departures having freed up space in our coaching staff, it’s thought that this move could be welcomed by both parties.
According to the report, Rodgers and Ayestaran could be joined by Liverpool’s academy director, Alex Inglethorpe, who is being tipped for a promotion after a overseeing a successful season with the Reds’ youth team.