Pako’s the man­for Mac­cabi

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC RE­PORTER

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.

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