“I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity,” said Pellegrini, who will begin his new job on 24 June.
“The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch and I am committed to making a significant contribution.”
Brian Kidd will remain on the coaching staff, with Ruben Cousillas joining as assistant manager and goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor and fitness coach Jose Cabello also part of the new backroom set-up. The trio worked under Pellegrini at Malaga.
In an interview with CityTV, he added:
“Roberto [Mancini] did a great job here in Manchester, especially to win the title after so many years. We now start a new cycle.
“I had other important offers from important clubs. The most important thing for me is I am sure we can make a great management team.
“I’m sure we have the best squad in the Premier League, wonderful players and can win more titles in the next three or four years in Manchester.”
I really like what City are doing this summer. They have already signed Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk and Jesus Navas from Sevilla, two players that make the starting XI stronger than it was last season. If they can land Malaga’s Isco, a terrific talent, and a top striker, then City will have to be favorites to win back the Premier League title this season.
Much has been written about Pellegrini not winning any trophies as a manager. But the job he did at Malaga this season, keeping the players focused on playing attractive football, while they were battling to get paid, showed exceptional man-management skills, something he will need at Man City with all the big ego’s in the dressing room.
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