June 9, 2020 / 5:10 PM / a month ago

Man City boss Guardiola turns to mentor Lilo to fill Arteta void

(Reuters) - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has appointed his mentor and coaching inspiration Juan Manuel Lillo as his new assistant, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Former Almeria coach Juan Manuel Lillo of Spain attends a news conference upon his arrival at the international airport in Comalapa, about 45 km (28 miles) south of San Salvador, January 10, 2011. Lillo is on a visit to El Salvador to meet with board members of the National Teams Committee (CESEN) and El Salvador Football Federation (FESFUT) and discuss plans on being the head coach of the national soccer team, local media reported. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez/File Photo

Lillo, 54, will take up the role vacated by Mikel Arteta, who left the Etihad Stadium to become manager at former club Arsenal.

The Spaniard joins from Qingdao Huanghai, having helped the club to the Chinese League One championship and so helping them achieve promotion to the Super League.

Lillo, who has previously managed Real Sociedad, Vissel Kobe and Real Oviedo, has worked with several world class talents during his career, including Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Yaya Toure.

He also coached Guardiola towards the end of his playing career, during their shared time in Mexico at Dorados de Sinaloa.

"My relationship with Pep goes back many years and I am thrilled to be joining him as part of this exciting team," Lilo told the club's website here

“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.

“It’s a pleasure to become a part of this group and I hope to make an important contribution to the club’s success going forwards.”

City will restart their campaign after the COVID-19-enforced break against Arsenal on June 17.

(Refiles with correct spelling of Lillo in headline and para six)

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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