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Pellegrini replaces Ferreira as Málaga coach

Published: Friday 5 November 2010, 9.29CET
Former Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF coach Manuel Pellegrini has been named as Jesualdo Ferreira's successor as Málaga CF coach, signing a contract until June 2013.
Pellegrini replaces Ferreira as Málaga coach
Manuel Pellegrini is back in the managerial hot seat with Málaga ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 5 November 2010, 9.29CET

Pellegrini replaces Ferreira as Málaga coach

Former Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF coach Manuel Pellegrini has been named as Jesualdo Ferreira's successor as Málaga CF coach, signing a contract until June 2013.

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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