Sky Sports' Guillem Balague reacts to reports linking Pako Ayestaran with shock Rangers move

Guillem Balague Presenter of Sky Sports during the press conference

Guillem Balague has backed Pako Ayestaran to become the new Rangers manager.

Valencia coach Pako AyestaranFormer Valencia coach Pako Ayestaran

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports News (15/02/2017) that he thinks Pako Ayestaran would be an 'interesting choice' for the Rangers job.

The Gers are looking for a new manager having seen Mark Warburton resign from his position last Friday, with assistant David Weir and recruitment chief Frank McParland also leaving.

Graeme Murty is in caretaker charge of the club and oversaw Sunday's 2-1 Scottish Cup win over Morton at Ibrox, with the former Reading defender possibly in contention to take charge until the end of the season.

Names such as Alex McLeish, Billy Davies and Frank de Boer have all been linked with the job, and a new name was added into the mix on Tuesday.

Sky Sports reported that Pako Ayestaran is interested in taking the job, with the Spaniard looking to get back into management having left Valencia at the end of last season.

Ayestaran, 54, is best known for having been Rafael Benitez's assistant at Liverpool, before a public fall-out between the two led to Ayestaran's exit in 2007.

The Spaniard has since attempted to establish himself as a manager with the likes of Tecos, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Santos Laguna and Valencia, but is currently out of work.

Guillem Balague Presenter of Sky Sports during the press conferenceGuillem Balague Presenter of Sky Sports during the press conference

Now, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports News (15/02/2017) has suggested that Ayestaran would be an 'interesting' choice for Rangers, as he has enjoyed success with Liverpool as well as in Israel and Mexico, believing that he would be 'fascinated' by a possible move to Rangers.

“He will be an interesting choice for many reasons,” said Balague. “This is someone who has managed or assisted in five different leagues so he’s got experience. He won the Champions League with Liverpool, of course, and he has been a league winner in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv, as well as spending time in Mexico.”

“It will be interesting. I’m pretty sure he will be fascinated by joining a club of the history and stature of Rangers,” he added.

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