Unai Emery is assembling his Aston Villa backroom team and Pako Ayestaran is set to join the club.
Former Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestaran is closing in on a return to the Premier League, according to reports.
Spanish release Onda Cero suggests Rafa Benitez’s former right-hand man will join Unai Emery’s backroom team at Aston Villa.
Ayestaran joined the Reds in 2004 after Benitez took over as manager. They had won two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup at Valencia before moving to Merseyside.
And together at Anfield, Benitez and Ayestaran guided Liverpool to an unforgettable fifth Champions League in 2005 – the final which was dubbed ‘The Miracle of Istanbul’ when the Reds came back three goals down at half-time to beat AC Milan on penalties.
The duo also led Liverpool to FA Cup glory the following season. However, their 11-year association ended in September 2007 when Ayestaran left.
He’s been on his own since, having a brief stint as Valencia chief in 2016 and most recently at Portuguese side Tondela. But now Ayestaran is reportedly set to return to England some 15 years after leaving.
Emery took over from Steven Gerrard at the helm of Aston Villa last week and is currently assembling his coaching staff.
And Ayestaran is said to be part of those plans. Liverpool travel to Villa on Boxing Day.
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