By Omonode Best
Pep Guardiola’s former manager Juanma Lillo has been reunited with the Catalan as Manchester City’s new assistant boss, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
Lillo, 54, left his post as coach of Qingdao Huanghai last week with the Chinese side claiming he was returning to Spain to look after his “seriously ill” mother.
However, it quickly emerged that Lillo was in line to replace Mikel Arteta, who took charge of Arsenal in December, as Guardiola’s number two.
I am delighted to have joined Manchester City’s coaching staff,” Lillo said in a City statement.
“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.”