Manchester: Manchester City have hired Manuel Pellegrini as the club's new manager to replace the fired Roberto Mancini.
The 59-year-old Chilean has been courted for months by City following impressive spells in Spain with Villarreal and Malaga. He also coached Real Madrid but was dismissed after one season despite guiding the team to a then-record points total in La Liga.
Pellegrini's primary task will be to reclaim the Premier League title from Manchester United. But he will also be expected to improve City's record in the Champions League after two straight exits at the group stage under Mancini despite heavy spending by the club's Abu Dhabi owners.
Pellegrini has signed a three-year contract and will begin his job on June 24.