Manchester, England • Manchester City hired Manuel Pellegrini as manager Friday, entrusting a man nicknamed "The Engineer" with constructing a team to reclaim the Premier League title and become a force in the Champions League.
The 59-year-old Chilean had been courted for months by City following impressive spells in Spain with Villarreal and Malaga. He also coached Real Madrid during his nine-year stint in Spain but was fired after one season despite guiding the team to its then-record points total in La Liga.
Pellegrini was appointed exactly a month after Roberto Mancini was fired for failing to capture a trophy in his third full season.
"I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity," Pellegrini said. "The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch, and I am committed to making a significant contribution."
Pellegrini signed a three-year deal and will start June 24. He will be managing in his fifth country in 25 years, after stints in Chile, Ecuador, Argentina and Spain.