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Manchester City have finally confirmed Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager, ending months of speculation.
The Chilean had been mentioned as the potential next manager at the Etihad Stadium towards the end of last season, when Roberto Mancini was still in charge.
Mancini then lost his job, following the FA Cup final defeat to Wigan, and Pellegrini has been the hot favourite for the vacant role ever since.
Having announced he would leave Malaga at the end of the La Liga campaign, it seemed just a matter of time before the 59-year-old took up the post.
Pellegrini has agreed a three-year contract and will start his new role on Monday June 24, a role he describes as “hugely exciting”.
The former Real Madrid and River Plate boss said: “I am excited to be able to work with such a talented squad, the Executive team and the board to deliver for fans who are renowned for their steadfast support.
“The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch and I am committed to making a significant contribution.”
It is understood that Pellegrini will bring some of backroom team from Malaga with him to City, but has asked for current first-team coach Brian Kidd to stay on.