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Liga MX club Pachuca fired Spanish manager Pako Ayestaran after his squad was blown out by America 3-0 in 2019 Clausura tournament action.

"We want to thank him for his professionalism and for his contributions as manager to the Tuzos, and we wish him much success in his future ventures," Pachuca said in a statement sent to media outlets.

The 55-year-old Ayestaran was fired on Saturday due to the poor performance in the Clausura tournament by his squad, which has two losses, has given up eight goals and has not scored any goals.

Monterrey blew out Pachuca 5-0 in its first Clausura match, handing Ayestaran's team an embarrassing loss at home after the club had failed to qualify for the Apertura tournament playoffs.

Pachuca bounced back in its second tournament match, beating Queretaro 3-0, but it was not enough to save Ayestaran's job after America shut out the club once again.

Ayestaran had a record of 7-7-6 with Pachuca, leading the team to a Copa MX record of 4-1.

Pachuca, the Mexican league's winningest club over the past 20 years, returns to action on Wednesday, when it faces Tijuana in a Copa MX match.