Pako Ayestarán

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Pako Ayestarán
Personal information
Full name Francisco Martín Ayestarán Barandiarán
Date of birth (1963-02-05) 5 February 1963 (age 55)
Place of birth Beasain, Spain
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Teams managed
Years Team
1996 Osasuna (assistant)
1997–1999 Extremadura (assistant)
2000–2001 Tenerife (assistant)
2001–2004 Valencia (assistant)
2004–2007 Liverpool (assistant)
2011–2012 Al-Ahli (assistant)
2013–2014 Tecos
2014–2015 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2015 Santos Laguna
2016 Valencia (assistant)
2016 Valencia
2017 Las Palmas
2018– Pachuca

Francisco Martín "Pako" Ayestarán Barandiarán (born 5 February 1963) is a Spanish football manager. Today he the manager of Pachuca.

He spent 11 years as assistant to Rafael Benítez at clubs including Valencia and Liverpool, and has since managed in his own right in Mexico, Israel and at Valencia and UD Las Palmas.


Assistant manager[edit]

Ayestarán was born in Beasain, Gipuzkoa, and had a short stint as a youth player at Real Sociedad. After starting his career as a fitness coach, he was appointed Rafael Benítez's assistant at Osasuna, and remained behind the manager at Extremadura, Tenerife, Valencia and Liverpool. On 1 September 2007, Ayestarán announced his departure from The Reds after 11 years partnering Benítez. Benítez accused Ayestarán of "betrayal" as Ayestarán "contacted other clubs behind his back" while Ayestarán rejected the accusations, claiming instead that Benítez "forgot his principles".[1][2][3]

Ayestarán joined Real Sociedad as sporting director in 2008, but left after a few weeks due to conflicts with the club president. He then served as fitness coach at Benfica[4] and Valencia,[5] leaving the latter in June 2010 for "professional reasons".[6] In mid-2011, Ayestarán was named Quique Sánchez Flores' assistant at Al-Ahli Dubai, but left the club roughly a year later.[7]

Managerial beginnings[edit]

On 24 August 2013, Ayestarán took up coaching, being appointed at the helm of Estudiantes Tecos.[8] On 29 May 2014, after failing to win promotion despite reaching the final of the tournament, Ayestarán announced his departure from Tecos, saying he had "no intention of continuing to manage in the Ascenso MX".[9]

On 26 August, he was appointed Maccabi Tel Aviv manager, replacing fellow Spaniard Óscar García.[10] Ayestarán led Maccabi to a first ever treble in Israeli football, winning the Premier League (the club's third in a row), the State Cup and the Toto Cup.[11] On 20 August 2015, however, he resigned from the club.[12]

On 20 August 2015, Ayestarán returned to Mexico, being appointed at the helm of Santos Laguna.[13] On 21 November 2015, he and the club terminated his contract "upon mutual consent" after a 15th-place finish in the Apertura 2015.[14][15]

On 14 February 2016, it was announced that Ayestarán would join Gary Neville's backroom staff at Valencia.[16] On 31 March, he was appointed manager of the club for the remainder of the season after the sacking of Neville.[17] He suffered defeat against Las Palmas in his debut match[18] before recording consecutive La Liga wins over Sevilla, Barcelona and Eibar in April.[19][20]

On 24 May 2016, Ayestarán was appointed Valencia manager until 30 June 2018.[21] However, he was sacked on 20 September with the team in last place in the league table, having lost all four games of the season and 8 of his overall 12 fixtures.[22]

On 27 September 2017, Ayestarán replaced Manolo Márquez as the new UD Las Palmas manager.[23] With Las Palmas, Ayestarán had 1 draw and 6 defeats and was sacked on 30 November 2017.[24]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 30 November 2016
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Tecos Mexico 24 August 2013 29 May 2014 28 10 13 5 035.71
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 26 August 2014 1 June 2015 37 22 9 6 059.46
Santos Laguna Mexico 20 August 2015 22 November 2015 17 4 5 8 023.53
Valencia Spain 31 March 2016 20 September 2016 12 3 1 8 025.00
Las Palmas Spain 27 September 2017 30 November 2017 9 1 1 7 011.11
Total 103 40 29 34 038.83


Maccabi Tel Aviv


  1. ^ Ogden, Mark (1 September 2007). "Rafael Benitez's assistant quits Liverpool". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "I did not betray Benitez, he just forgot his principles: Former Liverpool No 2 Ayestaran speaks out ahead of Rafa's Anfield return". Daily Mail. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Benítez quietly furious after No2 of 11 years leaves". The Guardian. 1 September 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Técnico regressa apenas em Julho" [Manager returns only in July] (in Portuguese). Record. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Pako Ayestarán regressa ao Valencia" [Pako Ayestarán returns to Valencia] (in Portuguese). Record. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Madden, Paul (7 June 2010). "Valencia To Part With Fitness Coach Pako Ayestaran – Report". Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Quique prolonga un año más su estancia en Dubai" [Quique extends for a further year his stay in Dubai] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ex auxiliar de Benítez, DT de Tecos" [Former Benítez's assistant, manager of Tecos] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ayestarán no irá con Estudiantes a Zacatecas" [Ayestarán will not go with Estudiantes to Zacatecas] (in Spanish). Informador. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Óscar García abandona el banquillo del Maccabi Tel Aviv por la guerra en Gaza" [Óscar García leaves the bench of Maccabi Tel Aviv due to the war in Gaza] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ayestarán, triplete histórico con el Maccabi" [Ayestarán, historical treble with Maccabi] (in Spanish). Marca. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Ayestaran no continúa pese al triplete" [Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Ayestaran will not continue despite treble] (in Spanish). esFutbol. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "El español Pako Ayestarán dirigirá al Santos Laguna, último campeón en México" [Spaniard Pako Ayestarán will manage Santos Laguna, the last champion in Mexico] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Santos Laguna and Pako Ayestaran part ways". Santos Laguna. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "LA Galaxy's CCL opponents Santos Laguna open 2016 with a new manager and a new sense of optimism". LA Galaxy. 9 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Gary Neville: Valencia needed Pako Ayestaran on coaching team". ESPN FC. 14 February 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  17. ^ "Gary Neville sacked by Valencia after less than four months". The Guardian. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Valencia's woes continue after defeat to Las Palmas". ESPN FC. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "Valencia 2-1 Sevilla: Alvaro Negredo scores injury-time winner to earn home side first win since Gary Neville's departure". Daily Mail. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  20. ^ Manuca, David (18 April 2016). "Ayestaran: Barcelona win was for Valencia fans". Goal. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  21. ^ "VCF Official Statement". Valencia CF. 24 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "Valencia sack Pako Ayestaran after losing start". 20 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "Pako Ayestarán, nuevo entrenador de la UD Las Palmas" [Pako Ayestarán, new manager of UD Las Palmas] (in Spanish). UD Las Palmas. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  24. ^ Las Palmas sack Pako Ayestaran after two months as coach, Sky Sports, 30 November 2017

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