Pellegrini returns to Spain to coach Real Betis next season


MADRID (AP) – Manuel Pellegrini has agreed to coach Real Betis next season on a two-year contract, the Spanish club said on Thursday.

The 66-year-old Chilean coach took Manchester City to the English Premier League title in 2014.

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Betis fired coach Joan "Rubi" Ferrer last month after a season of ups and downs and are under the command of interim coach Alexis Trujillo. He is in 14th place, with four rounds remaining.

After training in South America, Pellegrini made the leap into European football when he took over the Spanish club Villarreal in 2004. He turned the team into a serious competitor, reaching the Champions League semifinals in 2006 and finishing the Spanish league in second place in 2008.

He also coached Real Madrid, Malaga, West Ham and China.

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