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Las Palmas sticking with under-fire Ayestaran

Las Palmas sticking with under-fire Ayestaran

Las Palmas have backed under-fire coach Pako Ayestaran after a string of poor results.

Following the resignation of Manolo Marquez earlier this season, Ayestaran had been hired but faced a difficult start to life at the Gran Canarian side, meeting Barcelona in his first game in that famed ‘behind closed doors’ match.

A whole host of players left the club over the summer, whilst Vitolo and Loic Remy were brought in, however, results have been poor.

Four defeats and two wins prior to Ayestaran’s arrival saw Los Amarillos sit in 15th place, but four straight defeats under their new coach have come against Barca, Celta Vigo, Villarreal and Deportivo La Coruna.

Despite calls for him to be relieved of his role at the club, Las Palmas president Miguel Angel Ramirez has backed him to turn their fortunes around.

“We must continue with our faith in Ayestaran,” Ramirez stated, as quoted by Diario AS. “It would be irresponsible of us if we do not give him time to implement his set style of play.”

The former Liverpool coach, spent eleven seasons as assistant to Rafa Benitez, coaching in England and also with Extremadura, Tenerife and Valencia.

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Since breaking ties with the Newcastle United boss, he has managed Mexican side Tecos and Santos Lugana, alongside Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv and short spell back with Valencia.

Ayesteran’s only good moment at the club so far came with a 4-1 Copa del Rey win at 10-man Depor last week.