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Manchester City hires Manuel Pellegrini as manager

Published June 14, 2013 10:23 am

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Manchester, England • Manchester City hired Manuel Pellegrini as manager Friday, entrusting a man nicknamed "The Engineer" with constructing a team to reclaim the Premier League title and become a force in the Champions League.

The 59-year-old Chilean had been courted for months by City following impressive spells in Spain with Villarreal and Malaga. He also coached Real Madrid during his nine-year stint in Spain but was fired after one season despite guiding the team to its then-record points total in La Liga.

Pellegrini was appointed exactly a month after Roberto Mancini was fired for failing to capture a trophy in his third full season.

"I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity," Pellegrini said. "The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch, and I am committed to making a significant contribution."

Pellegrini signed a three-year deal and will start June 24. He will be managing in his fifth country in 25 years, after stints in Chile, Ecuador, Argentina and Spain.