Manuel Pellegrini Returns To Spain As Coach Of Betis

 Manuel Pellegrini Returns To Spain As Coach Of Betis

Former West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts after the match REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Former Manchester City and Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has returned to Spanish football as coach of Real Betis, his new club announced on Thursday.

The 66-year-old Chilean, who has also worked in China, has signed a three-year deal with the Seville-based outfit, running until June 2023.

The arrival of Pellegrini at the Benito Villamarin had been an open secret for several days, although Betis decided to wait until their La Liga survival had been confirmed before announcing the appointment.

Wednesday’s 3-0 home win over Osasuna left Betis in mid-table and ended any fears of relegation with three games of the season still to play.

Former player Alexis Trujillo has been in temporary charge of the club since previous boss Joan Francesc Ferrer, better known simply as ‘Rubi’, was sacked on June 21.

The job marks Pellegrini’s return to management after he was sacked by West Ham United last December following 18 months in charge of the London side.

Tolani Giwa

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