Pako’s the manfor Maccabi
FOOTBALL Pako Ayestaran has been appointed manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv following the shock resignation of Oscar Garcia.
The former Liverpool assistantmanager joined the Israeli champions after Garcia’s family pressured him to leave Israel due to the ongoing conflict.
Garcia left Brighton in May to rejoin Maccabi whom he had led to the first of back-to-back championships in 2013. He has now been linked with Leeds and Fulham.
Maccabi general manager Jordi Cruyff said: “I don’t want to judge Garcia. Sometimes situations occur and we have to make difficult personal decisions.
“We believe that our new manager is the right person to take us forward and he will have an immediate impact on the players.”
Ayestaran, who served as Rafa Benitez’s assistant at Valencia and Liverpool, managed Mexican team Tecos UAG last season.
His first task is to help Maccabi recover a two-goal deficit against Asteras in the Europa League playoff.
Beram Kayal and Nir Biton tasted Champions League heartbreak as Celtic were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Maribor in the Champions League qualifying playoff.