Manchester: The City Years

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini

Born: Santiago, Chile 16th September 1953

14th June 2013 -

Manuel Pellegrini was appointed as Manchester City manager on 14th June 2013, succeeding Roberto Mancini on a three year contract.

The Chilean, a qualified civil engineer, enjoyed a successful managerial career in South America before moving to Europe in 2004 to take charge of Villareal. He enjoyed great success at El Madrigal, taking the small, provincial side to the Champions League semi-final in their inaugural season.

A second place finish in La Liga in 2007-08 attracted the attention of Real Madrid, and Pellegrini took over at The Bernabeu in 2009. Despite achieving a then record points total, Pellegrini felt undermined by Florentino Perez and was replaced by Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.

He subsequently took over at Málaga, and led them to a fourth place finish in his first full season, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. He reached the quarter-finals of the 2012–13 Champions League, becoming the only coach to take two different teams to the last eight in their debut seasons in the competition.

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