Pellegrini takes over as Manchester City manager

London, June 15 (IANS) English Premier League side Manchester City announced that Chilean Manuel Pellegrini will take over as the new manager after signing a three-year contract.

The 59-year-old, a former head coach of Real Madrid, coached Malaga in the past three seasons and fills the role vacated by sacked Italian Roberto Mancini, reports Xinhua.

"I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity. The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch, and I am committed to making a significant contribution," Pellegrini said. He will begin his new job June 24.

Brian Kidd will remain on the coaching staff with Ruben Cousillas joining as assistant manager. Goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor and fitness coach Jose Cabello are also part of the new backroom set-up. The trio worked under Pellegrini at Malaga.

"Roberto 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," said Pellegrini.

Pellegrini is the third manager, after Mark Hughes and Mancini, to take charge of City under the ownership of the Abu Dhabi United Group.