Manuel Pellegrini returns to Spain as coach of Betis

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini

Former Manchester City and Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini is back in management after agreeing to take over at La Liga club Real Betis next season.

The Chilean, 66, led Villarreal to the 2006 Champions League semi-finals and led Malaga into Europe's premier club competition for the first time in 2012, leading them to the quarter-finals a year later.

Pellegrini got his managerial career started in 1988 with Universidad de Chile and has gone ahead to manage top European clubs including Los Blancos.

Following the sacking of Rubi, Alexis Trujillo - a club icon who played almost 300 games for Betis - was promoted from sporting coordinator and will remain in charge until the end of the season.

But the former Premier League victor had clauses in his deal with former club West Ham United over compensation package after he was sacked which meant the move was not feasible.

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Leicester City were given 13 penalties when they won the title in 2015-16, while Crystal Palace had the same number of spot-kicks awarded to them in 2004-05.

Reports in Spain claimed Pellegrini had been in talks with Betis for a number of weeks, and he has now agreed a three-year contract at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.

"Real Betis takes a bid on a high profile and worldwide prestige coach to raise the performance level of the team with a three-year project", the club added.

With Manchester City, Pellegrini won the Premier League title and two EFL Cups.

Following four-straight losses, manager Lee Johnson was sacked by Bristol City chiefs on Saturday, July 4 as their hopes of reaching the play-offs were dashed.

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