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Man City first-team coach leaves

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Pep Guardiola’s No. 2 at Manchester City left to take over as manager of Qatari side Al Sadd.

Pep Guardiola’s No. 2 at Manchester City left to take over as manager of Qatari side Al Sadd.

Pep Guardiolanumber 2 in Manchester went to work as a coach in a Qatari club Al Sadd.

Juanma Lillo joined City in June 2020, reuniting the Spaniard with Guardiola after the pair spent time together at Dorados in Mexico in 2005-2006 when Guardiola was the player and Lillo was the coach.

City won the English Premier League in both seasons, Lillo worked with Guardiola.

“My time at Manchester City was one of the most enjoyable periods of my career,” said Lillo.

“Working with Pep, his backroom staff and this group of players has been a pleasure and I hope I have made my small contribution to the fantastic success we have had on the pitch.”

City Director of Football Cheeky Begiristain said that “Lillo’s dedication, passion and desire to improve our team has been evident from our performance on the pitch throughout his time at the club.”

Lillo was at Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai before moving to City.

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