|Premier League Management Record|
|Premier League Clubs||Manchester City|
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|Manager of the Month||
December 2013, January 2014
Manuel Pellegrini was appointed as manager of Manchester City in June 2013 and gained his first role at a Barclays Premier League club after a hugely successful nine-year spell in Spain.
Having previously enjoyed success with Universidad Catolica in his native Chile before winning league titles with Argentinean sides San Lorenzo and River Plate in the early stages of his managerial career, Pellegrini was given an opportunity to impress in Europe when Spanish La Liga side Villarreal came calling in 2004.
Despite the city having a population of just 51,000, Pellegrini guided ‘the Yellow Submarine’ as high as second place in La Liga and led them to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in their first appearance in the competition, before they were knocked out in a narrow defeat to Premier League side Arsenal in the last four.
His remarkable five-year journey at Villarreal led Spanish giants Real Madrid to hire him as boss. In one season at the Santiago Bernabeu, his side accrued a club record 96 points in the league, finishing just three points behind title winners Barcelona.
Pellegrini then moved on to fellow Spanish side Malaga and he guided Los Boquerones to a fourth place finish in his first campaign there. In the 2012/13 season, they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and were eliminated by two late goals from eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund. As a result of his efforts he was offered his first job in England, with Man City, that summer.
Universidad Chile: 1973-86