Juanma Lillo confirmed as new Assistant Manager
By Ric Turner, Tue 09 June 2020 17:27
Guardiola's mentor joins coaching staff on one-year deal
Juanma Lillo has joined City as Pep Guardiola's new assistant coach, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
The former Real Sociedad and Real Oviedo manager has signed a one-year deal, and replaces Mike Arteta who became Arsenal manager in December 2019.
The 54 year old Spaniard has a reputation as an excellent tactician, and was something of a mentor to Guardiola in the early part of his managerial career.
Lillo said: “I am delighted to have joined Manchester City’s coaching staff.
“My relationship with Pep goes back many years and I am thrilled to be joining him as part of this exciting team.
“Manchester City has enjoyed much success over recent seasons and played a brand of beautiful football we have come to expect from this club and its manager.
“It’s a pleasure to become a part of this group and I hope to make an important contribution to the club’s success going forwards.”
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “We are delighted to welcome Juanma to Manchester City.
“His vast experience working across three continents and with some of the most famous names in world football will be an invaluable asset to Pep and his team.
“We look forward to him playing a vital role as we return to football.”