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Official: Pep Guardiola Names Juanma Lillo as Assistant Coach

Pep’s #2 is a fellow Spaniard.

Pep Gaurdiola’s search for a number 2 coach in the locker room is over. He turned to an old friend in Juanma.

The 54-year old Spaniard, who established his coaching career in the Spanish leagues, joins from Qingdao Huanghai,

He helped that club achieve promotion to the Super League.

Once the youngest coach in La Liga history, Lillo has managed a number of world class talents during his career, including Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Yaya Toure.

Lillo spoke at the Etihad Campus-

“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.

“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.”

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.”

A solid move that should only help Pep in his time at City.