Man City head coach, Pep Guardiola appoints former boss Lillo as Manchester City assistant
Pep Guardiola and his former manager Juanma Lillo has been reunited, as he becomes Manchester City’s new assistant boss, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
Lillo left his post as coach of Qingdao Huanghai last week with the Chinese side claiming he was returning to Spain to look after his “seriously ill” mother.
And it quickly emerged that Lillo was in line to replace Mikel Arteta, who took charge of Arsenal in December, as Guardiola’s number two.’
Lillo and Guardiola first teamed up at Mexican side Dorados at the end of Guardiola’s playing career in 2006.
Also In a nomadic coaching career, Lillo has also managed sides in Colombia and Japan, but spent most of his time with a series of clubs in Spain.
Man City’s 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
Lillo said in a City 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.”