Las Palmas hire former Valencia coach Pako Ayestaran as manager
MADRID -- Spanish club Las Palmas say they have hired former Valencia coach Pako Ayestaran.
The club announced Wednesday that it reached a deal to bring the 54-year-old coach to replace Manolo Marquez, who resigned on Tuesday.
Ayestaran had been without a club since he was sacked by Valencia last year.
He was an assistant with Valencia from 2001-04, when they won two La Liga titles and a UEFA Cup trophy. He later became an assistant coach with Liverpool, helping the English club win the 2005 Champions League and the 2006 FA Cup.
He then worked as head coach for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel and Santos Laguna and Estudiantes Tecos in Mexico.
Marquez, who resigned after less than three months in charge of Las Palmas, is expected to remain at the club and work in the department for training and recruitment.
He had been promoted to coach in July after helping Las Palmas' reserve team earn promotion to Spain's third division.
Las Palmas next face Barcelona on Sunday. They are 15th with six points from six matches.