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Pellegrini named new Manchester City coach

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Manchester City have appointed former Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini on a three-year deal. The 59-year-old, who arrives from Spanish club Malaga, replaces Italy’s Roberto Mancini who was sacked in May after he failed to defend his team’s Premier League title.

Pellegrini, who led Villarreal to the last four of the Champions League in 2006, will be succeeded by former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster after Malaga appointed the 53 year old on a five-year contract.

Schuster, who had been out of work ever since he resigned at Besiktas in March 2011, guided Los Merengues to a second successive league title in 2008 but was sacked midway through the following season.

Malaga should have qualified for this year’s Europa League after finishing sixth in La Liga, but Júlio Baptista’s team-mates have been suspended for one season from European competitions by UEFA because of overdue payments to rival clubs and the Spanish tax authorities.