10 Aug 2015

City retain Pellegrini

7:31 am on 10 August 2015

Manchester City gave manager Manuel Pellegrini a vote of confidence on the eve of the new English Premier League season, extending his contract for two more years.

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini Photo: PHOTOSPORT

That takes him through to June 2017, along with coaches Ruben Cousillas, Xabier Mancisidor and Jose Cabello.

"We are delighted to reach this agreement with Manuel Pellegrini who has already contributed so much to the development of Manchester City in his first two years with us and we look forward to further progress in the seasons ahead," chief executive officer Ferran Soriano said.

Formerly the head coach at Spain's Malaga and Real Madrid, the 61 year old Pellegrini replaced Roberto Mancini at City in June 2013.

Critics have suggested Pellegrini faced the sack if City did not regain the league title last season which he won with City the season before.

But the Chilean, who was the first non-European coach to win the English league title, believes City will have "a very good" season.

"I am proud to manage Manchester City FC and am therefore very pleased to have agreed this contract," he said.

"I have a very good roup of players and a great team of people to work with on and off the field and at all levels of the Club.

"I am focussed on the coming season and confident that my team and I will respond to the constant support shown to us by everyone including of course our fantastic fans."

City start their league programme away to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday and play champions Chelsea in their first home game.