Friday 14 June 2013

Manuel Pellegrini appointed as Manchester City manager

The 59-year-old Chilean brings wealth of experience of coaching in South America and Spain

Manuel Pellegrini has enjoyed nine successful years managing in Spain

Manchester City have announced the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager, replacing Roberto Mancini.

"Everything is in place for Manchester City to continue to be successful and I am excited to be able to work with such a talented squad"
Manuel Pellegrini

Pellegrini, who joins the club on a three-year contract and begins his tenure in charge of the Premier League club on 24 June, has spent the last nine years of his managerial career in Spain, where he has taken charge of Villarreal, Real Madrid and most recently Malaga.

“I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity,” said the 59-year-old, who guided Malaga last season to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in their first foray in the competition. “The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch and I am committed to making a significant contribution. 

"Everything is in place for Manchester City to continue to be successful and I am excited to be able to work with such a talented squad, the executive team and the board to deliver for fans who are renowned for their steadfast support.”

The former Chile international managed in his homeland, Ecuador and Argentina, winning six major trophies, including League titles with LDU Quito and River Plate and San Lorenzo, before making his name in Europe with Villarreal, who also thrived on their first Champions League adventure, reaching the semi-finals in 2006 before losing to Arsenal.

Villarreal impact

Pellegrini, whose sides play an attacking, high-pressing game, also guided the "Yellow Submarines" to secondin the Liga in 2008, their highest-ever finish. After five years at Villarreal Pellegrini moved to Real Madrid, who achieved a record-highest points tally for a season, 96, as they came a close second to Barcelona.

In his first full season at Malaga Pellegrini guided the club to fourth in the Liga with a record-breaking 58 points, qualifying for the group stages of the UEFA Champions for the first time in the club’s history.

“Manuel is a very experienced coach with a recognised ability to get the most out of his players and build cohesive teams,” Ferran Soriano, City’s chief operating officer, said. 

"Manuel is a very experienced coach with a recognised ability to get the most out of his players and build cohesive teams"
Ferran Soriano

Pellegrini will be in charge of City when they take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy, will bring three coaches from Malaga to Manchester. Ruben Cousillas, from Argentina, will be his assistant, while goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor and fitness coach Jose Cabello will also form an integral part of his backroom staff.

Brian Kidd, who moved from City’s Academy into the first-team set up when Mancini was manager, will remain on board the management team as an assistant.

“It is important to me that Brian remains part of the coaching team,” Pellegrini said. “He has great football knowledge, knows the league, the players and will be a big part of what we try to achieve. We have spoken and we are all excited to work together.”

You can be one of the first to see Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City in action when they play South China in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong on 24 July. Tickets can be bought here.

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Key Points

  • Manchester City announce appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as new manager
  • Chilean signs three-year deal at the Etihad Stadium
  • The 59-year-old has managed Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga