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Las Palmas call time on Pako Ayestaran

Las Palmas have sacked Pako Ayestaran after the Wednesday evening Copa del Rey defeat to Deportivo La Coruna.

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 their run of poor results has continued.

The defeat to Depor on Wednesday evening was the club’s seventh in nine games, and although they progressed on aggregate to the round of 16 – Ayestaran has lost his job.

“We did not plan to change the Coach,” president Miguel Angel Ramirez told a press conference.

“The situation now is that we are trying to find a new Coach in the next 24 or 48 hours.”

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

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 that first leg 4-1 Copa del Rey win at 10-man Depor two weeks ago.

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