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Former Valencia boss says he'd love to manage Rangers

Pako Ayestaran is keen, but we may not be.

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Pako Ayestaran has spoken out over the rumours about him being a potential candidate for manager of Rangers, and it seems like he's keen.

Speaking the Sky Sports, he said:

“Well this is good to be connected with these level of clubs. Glasgow is a club with a great history behind them and all this would be great to join.”

It's not known whether Ayestaran will be one of the men invited to interviews now taking place. He has a pretty chequered managerial history: after achieving success as an assistant to Rafael Benitez, he embarked on his own career.

A poor season in the Mexican second division blighted his start, before he followed it up with a treble-winning year at Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He then returned to Mexico to manage Santos Laguna, but had a poor season and left the club. After then working at Valencia during Gary Neville's disastrous reign, he took over after his departure, steadying the ship and racking up some impressive wins. However, on getting the job permanently, he started the season after abysmally and was soon sacked.

So, not exactly a great track record. We'd be surprised if he's a front runner, but at least it shows that there's a genuine level of interest from some reasonably big names.