Premier league defending champions Manchester City have confirmed that Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lillo will be joining the clun.
Manager Pep Guardiola has been without an assistant since Mikel Arteta departed in December for Arsenal while Lillo has left his managerial role at Qingdao Huanghai.
Lillo said, as confirmed in City’s statement: “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.
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 forward”.
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “We are delighted to welcome Juanma to Manchester City.
“His vast experience working across three continents and with some of the most famous names in world football will be an invaluable asset to Pep and his team.
We look forward to him playing a vital role as we return to football.”
Altough, Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany and Real Sociedad coach Xabi Alonso offered the job initially, the English champions have now turned to Lillo – who formerly managed Real Oviedo, Real Zaragoza and Real Sociedad.
Lillo, 54, was last in Spanish football as assistant to Jorge Sampaoli at Sevilla – having previously been his number two with the Chilean national team – and has since managed at Atletico Nacional and Vissel Kobe.