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Pako Ayestarán

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Full namePaco Ayestarán Barandiarán
Playing positionAssistant Manager & Physical Fitness Coach

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Paco Ayestarán Barandiarán (born February 5, 1963 in Spain) was a long-serving and successful Assistant Manager to football Manager Rafael Benítez at both Liverpool FC and Valencia. He quit at the start of the 2007-08 season following an apparent disagreement, and was placed on gardening leave until June 30, 2008. He served as physical fitness coach at SL Benfica for the 2008-2009 season and returned to Valencia CF for the 2009-2010 season, leaving in the summer for professional reasons.

Ayestarán was a good friend and highly trusted companion of former Liverpool Manager Benitez. Ayestaran worked with Benitez since their time together at CD Tenerife and was instrumental in planning daily training at Melwood, Liverpool's training ground, and organising the physical work and fitness training of the team. He has also won two Spanish La Liga titles alongside Benitez at Valencia.

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