Pako Ayestaran in line for Liverpool return

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Pako Ayestaran has been linked with a move back to Liverpool to join Brendan Rodgers' back-room staff, reports the Daily Mirror.

Ayestaran was Rafa Benitez's assistant manager from 2004-2007 at Anfield and helped the Reds capture the Champions League in 2005 and FA Cup one year later.

The Spaniard was manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv last season and achieved a wealth of glory by winning the Israeli treble, however, has decided to leave his post after just one year in charge.

Earlier this week, Liverpool announced the departure of Rodgers' assistant manager, Colin Pascoe and first-team coach, Mike Marsh following the Northern Irishman's end of season meeting with owners, Fenway Sports Group as the Merseyside outfit look to plan ahead for next year.

Ayestran has also been a deputy at Benfica and Valencia on two occasions with Benitez, where the two captured La Liga twice in three years. 


After a bitterly underwhelming campaign finishing sixth in the Premier League, Fenway Sports Group are plotting a significant revamp at Anfield.

Pascoe and Marsh have left and a number of players could also follow them out of the door. 

Mario Balotelli's season was distinctly lacklustre and managed just four goals in all competitions after being signed for £16 million from AC Milan just under 12 months ago.

It was a gamble that clearly has not paid off and Liverpool will likely take a cut price to get the Italian off their books and more importantly their wage bill. 

Glen Johnson will too leave Liverpool after six years after he was not offered a new contract and could head abroad with a host of Serie A club reportedly interested. 

Rodgers' Future

Prior to the post season review with FSG, it was speculated that Rodgers' position could be under threat and he could also leave the Anfield hot-seat. However, chairman John Henry decided that the ex-Swansea City boss was still the man for the job

Nonetheless, it does not mean his future is sealed in concrete - by no means, in fact.

FSG clearly want success in the immediate future and have revamped change to do so. With Rodgers' back-room staff leaving, they may believe it is a problem behind the scenes and it could well be he who is next to lose his position if there are not any improvements.

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