Pako in Las Palmas frame

Former Valencia Coach Pako Ayestaran is one of two candidates, alongside Javi Gracia, to take the vacant managerial job at Las Palmas.

Cadena Cope journalists Juan Francisco Cruz – based in Gran Canaria – and Juan Carlos Xuancar both report the 54-year-old as being a strong contender to replace Manolo Marquez, who resigned on Tuesday.

Pako spent eleven seasons as assistant to Rafael Benitez at Extremadura, Tenerife, Valencia and Liverpool before branching out to become a number one elsewhere.

He has since managed at Mexican sides Tecos and Santos Lugana alongside Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv before a short-lived stint at the Mestalla, winning three of the 12 matches in charge.

Gracia – formerly in charge of Malaga and Russian club Rubin Kazan – is also said to be in the frame and has been out of work since June.

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