Breaking Down Manuel Pellegrini's Backroom Staff at Manchester City
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Manuel Pellegrini is well-known in the world of football. He has league titles to his name from his time managing in Ecuador and Argentina, as well as an impressive nine-year spell in Spain where he managed Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga with distinction.
Here’s a quick look at Pellegrini’s backroom team who will support the Chilean in his quest for Premier League glory at Manchester City.
Assistant Manager: Ruben Cousillas Fuse
Ruben Cousillas Fuse is a former goalkeeper who began his coaching career in 1991 after retiring from playing. He played for a number of clubs in his native Argentina, including San Lorenzo and Velez Sarsfield, before becoming a coach at Talleres de Córdoba and Argentinos Juniors. These experiences saw his reputation grow and he was eventually appointed as assistant manager at River Plate Chile.
He first worked with Pellegrini at Villarreal and they’ve been in tandem ever since. The rise of Villarreal remains the duo's biggest achievement since they took a tiny provincial club to the last four of the UEFA Champions League in 2006, and broke the Madrid-Barcelona duopoly by finishing second in La Liga, a massive 10 points ahead of the Catalan giants.
They also led Real Madrid to a record points total before moving to Malaga, where they guided the club to last season’s Champions League quarterfinals.
Assistant Manager: Brian Kidd
The only survivor from the Roberto Mancini regime is Mancunian Brian Kidd, a former City player and successful assistant manager with Manchester United. Kidd managed Blackburn Rovers in 1998 but was sacked after an unsuccessful 11-month period.
He was also England coach under Sven-Goran Eriksson. Spells at Sheffield United and Portsmouth followed, before he joined City in 2009, originally as technical development manager, before becoming Mancini’s assistant a few months later.
Kidd is the bridge between the old and the new regimes and offers continuity for the players already at the club.
Goalkeeping Coach: Xabier Mancisidor
City’s goalkeepers—Joe Hart, Costel Pantilimon and Richard Wright—will this season work closely with Xabier Mancisidor, a former Real Mallorca goalkeeper who became a member of Pellegrini’s staff at Real Madrid in 2009. He remained at Madrid for a few months working under Jose Mourinho, but rejoined Pellegrini at Malaga a few months later.
Before linking up with Pellegrini, Mancisidor was goalkeeping coach at Real Sociedad for 11 years and brings with him a wealth of experience.
Fitness Coach: Jose Cabello
Jose Cabello was part of Pellegrini’s team at Malaga, and he will be in charge of making sure City are the fittest side in the Premier League.
Upon taking charge at City, Pellegrini immediately stressed the importance of fitness, saying "the most important thing at the moment is the fitness and they're working very hard with Jose."
With only Kidd boasting any sort of Premier League experience, it will be interesting to see how this team adapts to the new surroundings. Pellegrini will need the help of all his staff as he prepares a Manchester City side aiming to compete on all fronts.
Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @TypicalCity
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