Real Madrid hires Pellegrini as head coach

Real Madrid hires Pellegrini as head coach

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Real Madrid hires Pellegrini as head coach

Manuel Pellegrini (Getty Images)

Manuel Pellegrini has left Villarreal to become Real Madrid's new head coach, giving the La Liga runner-up a respected tactician in charge while leaving Villarreal's (and Jozy Altidore's) future in doubt.

Real Madrid parted ways with Juande Ramos after less than a full season at the helm and, after having been linked with Arsene Wenger, Madrid eventually signed Pellegrini, one of the most well-respected managers in Europe.

What next for Villarreal? The 'Yellow Submarine' finished fifth in La Liga this year, which will confine the club to the Europa League rather than the Champions League. Who will replace Pellegrini? Gregorio Manzano of Mallorca is one candidate.

What next for Altidore? That situation is even less clear. He won't be returning to Xerez, which gained promotion to the First Division, and now the coach who brought him to Villarreal has left.

What do you think of this news? Can you see Pellegrini turning Real Madrid back into a serious contender to Barcelona? Worried about Altidore's future? Who do you see taking over as Villarreal manager?

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