Aston Villa are set to offer former Liverpool coach Pako Ayestaran the chance to become Unai Emery’s assistant at Villa Park.
The Lowdown: Arias in?
Emery is set to take charge of his first game as Villa manager against Manchester United next month. However, before then, Villa will be looking to add to his backroom staff, with reports from Spain suggesting that young coach Jaime Arias has already signed for Villa.
Arias won’t be the only arrival, though, and it looks as if NSWE are working on another off-field move in Ayestaran.
The Latest: Another Villa move?
Dominic King and Tom Collomosse revealed for The Daily Mail in the last 48 hours that Emery has offered Ayestaran the chance to be his Aston Villa No 2 in a move considered both important and shrewd.
The Verdict: Good news?
Ayestaran has previous experience in the Premier League with Liverpool where he worked under Rafael Benitez, helping the Reds win four trophies in three years.
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The 59-year-old also has plenty of experience as a manager, so a move to work alongside Emery could prove to be a coup in the long run.
We saw first hand with Steven Gerrard how important backroom staff can be, with Michael Beale’s departure over the summer coinciding with Villa’s form plummeting during the current campaign, so hopefully, Ayestaran will have a positive impact.
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