Much-loved ex-Liverpool coach sacked even faster than Gary Neville

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Ex Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestaran has been fired as Valencia manager after less than six months in charge.

The Spaniard took over as Gary Neville’s successor in March but has seen his time in Valencia short lived after his side failed to gain a single point from it’s four opening La Liga games.

The 53-year-old worked alongside Rafa Benitez at both Valencia and Liverpool between 2001 and 2007 before eventually rejoining the Spanish club in 2016.

Ayestaran was named as Neville’s assistant that year before taking over as manager after the former Manchester United fullback was sacked.

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He leaves having posted the worst record of any coach in Valencia’s history, losing eight games, drawing one and winning just three to earn a slim 10 points from 12 games.

Neville, who previously held the worst record, won 14 points from 16 outings.

Sky Sports were told in a club statement: “After the meeting of the board of directors held today (Tuesday), Valencia football club has decided to relieve from office the coach Pako Ayestaran. The decision was made after analysing the current sporting situation and results.”

“Valencia football club wishes to thank the involvement, effort and professionalism of Pako Ayestaran and his coaching staff in his time at the helm. The club wishes all the best of luck for the future.”

The former Liverpool man had been handed a new contract until 2018 at the end of last season but now becomes the third manager to be sacked by the club in the last year and the club’s eighth coach since 2012.

Former Valencia defender Voro Gonzalez will now take over until a long term replacement is found.

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