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Man City turn to Pellegrini in bid for long-term success

AFP, LONDON

Manchester City on Friday said they had appointed Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini to take over from Roberto Mancini, earmarking him as the man to bring long-term success to the English Premier League club.

The confirmation of his appointment came after Pellegrini said he had a verbal agreement to move to England, after three years in charge at Spanish club Malaga.

A statement on the club’s Web site said the 59-year-old Chilean had joined on a three-year contract and would take up his role from June 24.

“Everyone knows if you arrive at a club like Manchester City you need to win titles,” Pellegrini told City TV.

“I think Manchester City have invested a lot of money to improve the squad every year and try, every year, to win titles,” he said. “They were not successful in winning some titles, but I am sure we are going to win — maybe the Premier League, the Champions League. We will try to win a lot.”

“My first message is to tell all the supporters they will enjoy the season. I am sure they will enjoy the way our team will play,” Pellegrini said. “We will play an attractive, offensive play.”

Manchester City won their first league title since 1968 last year, but although they finished runners-up this year to rivals Manchester United, the campaign was viewed as a disappointment.

Italian Mancini was sacked at the end of the season after City’s shock FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic and following failure to progress beyond the group stage of the Champions League for the second successive year.

City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak said of Pellegrini’s appointment: “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,” he said. “I am delighted that he has joined us.”

Chief executive Ferran Soriano described Pellegrini as “a very experienced coach with a recognized ability to get the most out of his players and build cohesive teams.”

“He shares the club’s approach to football and our ambition to achieve on-field success, coordinating with the wider football support teams to ensure natural progression from the Academy to senior level,” he said.

Pellegrini has more than 25 years’ of managerial experience and has taken Malaga and Villarreal to the latter stages of the Champions League.

He spent a single season in charge of giants Real Madrid and is renowned for his man-management ability, an area the club had concerns about under Mancini.

“I think all my experience will help me at Manchester City,” Pellegrini said. “With Malaga I reached the quarter-final of the Champions League, with Villarreal also and the semi-final. All my experience will be very useful for me.”

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