15 Jun 2013

Pellegrini to coach Man. City

11:38 am on 15 June 2013

The English Premier League football club Manchester City has formally named the former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini on a three-year contract as the club's successor to the sacked Roberto Mancini.

The 59-year-old Chilean, whose appointment had been widely expected for some time with Pellegrini saying last month he had a verbal agreement with City, takes over a club who were runners-up to Manchester United in the league last season.

Meanwhile, Malaga have agreed to appoint former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster as their new coach.

Pellegrini's appointment at City completes the biggest-ever managerial shake-up among the Premier League's elite clubs, with four of last season's top six ready to begin new eras when the starting gun is fired in mid-August.

Jose Mourinho heads the cast hoping to prove on his second coming at Chelsea that he is still the 'Special One', David Moyes has accepted what many regard as "mission impossible" by following retired Alex Ferguson at champions Manchester United and Pellegrini's task is to overhaul runners-up City.

Spaniard Roberto Martinez, who won the FA Cup for relegated Wigan Athletic in May, finally gets his chance to practise his refined style of football at a big club having been chosen to replace Moyes at Everton.

Only in north London will there be a sense of familiarity with Arsene Wenger, now the longest-serving manager in the top flight, bidding to end Arsenal's eight-year barren run and Tottenham Hotspur's Andre Villas-Boas trying to build on a solid first season.