Man City Unveil Juanma Lillo As Pep Guardiola’s Assistant Manager

Lillo As Guardiola's Assistant Manager

Former Oviedo, Tenerife, Zaragoza and Real Sociedad boss Juan Manuel Lillo has joined Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.

Lillo replaces Mikel Arteta who left the Etihad to take the reins at Arsenal earlier this season.

The 54-year-old Spaniard joins from Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai, who he led to the Chinese League One title.

He previously managed Guardiola towards the end of the City boss’s playing career at Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa.

Lillo has also acted as assistant at Chile and Sevilla.

On joining City, he said: “I am delighted to have joined Manchester City ’s coaching staff.

“My relationship with Pep goes back many years and I am thrilled to be joining him as part of this exciting team.

“Manchester City has enjoyed much success over recent seasons and played a brand of beautiful football we have come to expect from this club and its manager.

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“It’s a pleasure to become a part of this group and I hope to make an important contribution to the club’s success going forwards.”

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