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Manchester City hires Manuel Pellegrini as club's new manager to replace fired Roberto Mancini

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2013 file photo, Malaga's coach Manuel Pellegrini from Chile, back center, talks to his team during a soccer training session at FC Porto's Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Tuesday, June 11, 2013, an attempt by Spanish club Malaga to overturn a UEFA ban from next season's Europa League over previously unpaid debts. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte, File)
June 14, 2013 - 8:16 AM

MANCHESTER, England - Manchester City has hired Manuel Pellegrini as the club's new manager to replace the fired Roberto Mancini.

The 59-year-old Chilean has been courted for months by City following impressive spells in Spain with Villarreal and Malaga. He also coached Real Madrid but was dismissed after one season despite guiding the team to its then-record points total in La Liga.

Pellegrini's primary task will be to reclaim the Premier League title from Manchester United. But he will also be expected to improve City's record in the Champions League after two straight exits at the group stage under Mancini despite heavy spending by the club's Abu Dhabi owners.

Pellegrini has signed a three-year contract and will begin his job on June 24.

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