Manuel Pellegrini appointed new Manchester City manager | inside World Soccer

Manuel Pellegrini has been named as the new manager of Manchester City on a three-year contract.

Manuel Pellegrini prepares for his first interview as manager of Manchester City
Manuel Pellegrini prepares for his first interview as manager of Manchester City

Photo: Manchester City Football Club

The 59-year-old Chilean arrives from Spanish club Málaga and succeeds the sacked Roberto Mancini.

In a statement released by City, Pellegrini said: "I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity.

"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."

Pellegrini led unfancied Málaga to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season and previously guided Villarreal to the Champions League semi-finals.

City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak added: "Manuel is a hugely experienced and successful manager with a proven track record.

"We have been greatly impressed throughout the selection process by his philosophy, his attitude and his commitment to the long-term development of Manchester City.

"I am delighted that he has joined us."

Pellegrini will be tasked with wrestling back the Premier League title from city rivals Manchester United as well as making an impact in Europe with City's expensively-assembled squad.

The Eastlands club have already splashed out £45 million on Fernandinho and Jesús Navas this summer, while further arrivals are expected in the coming weeks.


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