Juan Manuel Lillo joins Man City
Manchester City announced a significant appointment on Tuesday: Juan Manuel Lillo has been named Pep Guardiola’s new number two.
That post has been vacant since Mikel Arteta left City to become Arsenal’s manager.
Speaking to the Man City website, Juan Manuel Lillo celebrated his new job, saying:
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.
The Times have confirmed that Lillo agreed a one-year deal with Man City.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 9, 2020
Qingdao Huanghai claimed Juan Manuel Lillo left job because of his mother’s ill health
China’s Titan Sports have revealed an interesting note released by Qingdao Huanghai.
When Juan Manuel Lillo left the Chinese Super League club last week, Qingdao Huanghai told their supporters the manager was leaving because of his mother’s ill health.
Jonathan White, from the South China Morning Post, has compared Lillos’ exit from Qingdao Huanghai to the famous story about Stephen Ireland.
Is Juanma Lillo the new Stephen Ireland? Qingdao Huanghai said he was leaving last week because his mother was ill and now he’s confirmed as Pep Guardiola’s No 2 at Man City… https://t.co/Mv2mQGswsH
— Jonathan White (@jmawhite) June 10, 2020
Back in 2017, former Man City midfielder Ireland pretended his grandmother had died in order to get out of playing for Ireland against the Czech Republic.
Stephen Ireland later revealed he made up the excuse to visit his girlfriend in Cork.
Raheem Sterling talks about racism
This week, Raheem Sterling has appeared on BBC Newsnight to address the issues of racism in the UK and in football.
Sterling clearly outlined his belief that changes need to be implemented in football to give black people more opportunities.
“There’s something like 500 players in the Premier League, and only a third of them are black and we have no representation of us in the hierarchy.”
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) June 8, 2020
“I don’t really think about my job when things like this happen. I think about what is right.”
England football player Raheem Sterling says he will continue to speak out against racism because “there is only so much people can take”.
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) June 7, 2020
This article was edited by Ben Green.
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