Find out about coach Manuel Pellegrini’s next destination
July 09, 2020
Real Betis announced on Thursday the appointment of Chilean Manuel Pellegrini as his new coach, bringing him back to the Spanish Football League for the first time since 2013.
The club indicated that the 66-year-old coach signed a contract that will come into effect next season, and that runs until June 2023.
The Spanish press reports had suggested that the deal would be concluded in the past few days, but Betis’ announcement officially comes after the team guaranteed to remain in the Spanish first division, after winning 3-0 at home to Osasuna in the 35th stage on Wednesday.
With this result, Betis raised his score to 41 points in thirteenth place, ensuring that he did not drop to the second degree, with three matches remaining for him in 2019-2020.
In June, Betis announced the departure of his coach, Joan Francesc Ferrer “Ruby”, and the appointment of sports coordinator Alexis Trujillo to replace him until the end of the season.
Through the new position, Pellegrini will make two returns at the same time: he returns to technical management for the first time since his departure from West Ham Englishman last December, about a year and a half years after he took office, and returns to the Spanish Liga since the end of his cooperation with Malaga in 2013 after three years in power.
After success in South America, especially with the Chilean and Argentine clubs, Spain was the first leg of Pellegrini in Europe, under his supervision of Villarreal as of July 2004.
During the five years he spent, he led the team to the 2006 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, before moving to Real Madrid in 2009 where he spent one unproductive year, finishing his second place in the league standings behind Barcelona, and leaving the Champions League final price.
After his experience with Malaga, Pellegrini moved to Manchester City, where he spent three years winning the Premier League title once, and twice the League Cup.
Pellegrini also had a two-year experience with the Chinese club Hebei.