Former Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF coach Manuel Pellegrini has been unveiled as the new man in charge of Spanish Liga strugglers Málaga CF.
The 57-year-old Chilean has signed a contract until June 2013 at La Romareda and replaces Jesualdo Ferreira who dismissed on Tuesday with Málaga third from bottom in the table.
The appointment ends a five-month absence from the game for Pellegrini who made way for José Mourinho at Real Madrid in May. He takes over with Málaga having claimed a solitary point from their last five Liga outings. Last Sunday's 2-1 home defeat by Real Sociedad de Fútbol cut short his predecessor's four-month reign: former FC Porto boss Ferreira paying the price for the Andalusian club's run of two wins and one draw in nine matches.
Pellegrini rose to prominence on this continent during a five-year spell at Villarreal, whom he led to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2006 and a second-place Liga finish in 2008. The former CA River Plate trainer then guided Madrid to the runners-up spot in his sole campaign at the Santiago Bernabéu. He starts his new job at RCD Espanyol on Saturday.
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