Ex-Ghana assistant coach Nus to manage Europa League side

Gerard Nus
Gerard Nus
The former Black Stars deputy coach will lead Kazakh club FK Irtysh Pavlodar for the next two seasons

Former Ghana assistant coach Gerard Nus has been named head coach of Kazakh side FK Irtysh Pavlodar.

The Spaniard joins the topflight on a two-year deal, his second job as head coach of a major club.

In 2016, he had a brief spell in charge of North American Soccer League outfit Rayo OKC.

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Before his new appointment, he held the position of assistant technical director at Spanish second division side Rayo Vallecano.

Nus has been mandated to lead Irtysh Pavlodar to higher heights in the Kazakhstan Premier League next season, after the side finished fourth last campaign.

Pavlodar will also participate in the Europa League next term.

Earlier this year, Nus made headlines after he was caught up in a messy battle with the Ghana Football Association and partly the Ministry of Sports over unpaid bonuses.

He subsequently staged a seven-week sit-in protest at a local hotel in Accra after Ghana's participation at the Africa Cup of Nations in February.

A former Liverpool backroom staffer under Rafael Benitez, Nus was also a member of Ghana's technical team at the 2015 Afcon in Equatorial Guinea, where the Black Stars finished second.