Who is Man City assistant manager Juanma Lillo and why is Pep Guardiola not in the dugout?
- Juanma Lillo will be the main man in the dugout for Manchester City today
- City will look to pick up their third win in as many games against Sheffield United
- The 57-year-old rejoined the City coaching set up earlier this summer
Juanma Lillo is set to take charge of Manchester City’s clash against Premier League newboys Sheffield United this afternoon, with Pep Guardiola absent.
Lillo re-joined Manchester City’s coaching team earlier this summer after Enzo Maresca left the Premier League champions to join Leicester City.
The Spaniard had previously worked for City between 2020 and 2022, helping the club win two Premier League titles and a Carabao Cup.
The 57-year-old left the Etihad Stadium in June 2022 to take up the role of Head Coach at Al-Sadd of the Qatar Stars League.
Mail Sport breaks down everything you need to know on Juanma Lillo and why Pep Guardiola is not in the dugout.
Juanma Lillo will take charge of Manchester City’s clash with Sheffield United this afternoon
Lillo re-joined Manchester City’s coaching set up earlier this summer after Enzo Maresca left to join Leicester
Who is Juanma Lillo and who has he managed?
Born in Tolosa, Spain, Lillo began his managerial career for local side Amaroz KE at the age of 16.
After four years with the club, the 57-year-old took charge of Tolosa. Following a three year spell with the side, Lillo moved to Mirandes.
He joined the Spanish side in 1988 and would help guide the club to the Segunda Division B in his first season.
At the age of 29, he became the youngest manager to coach in the Spanish top division after guiding Salamanca to La Liga in 1994.
Lillo’s biggest test came when he took over the reins at Real Zaragoza in 2000.
In the season before taking over, the Spanish side had qualified for the UEFA Cup after finishing fourth in LaLiga. Lillo was tasked with progressing the side in the European competition, but was sacked after three months in charge due to a run of poor results.
The Spaniard took a three year break following the sacking before joining Ciudad Murcia. From 2003 to 2005, Lillo spent the years taking charge of Murcia and Terrassa in the Segunda Division.
Lillo began his managerial career for local side Amaroz KE at the age of 16
Lillo (left) previously worked with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City back in 2020
In 2005, the 57-year-old joined Dorados Sinaloa in Mexico, but would leave midway through the season.
While Lillo has spent most of his career as a manager, the Spaniard was an assistant coach for Chile in 2015 and would then spend a year with Sevilla in 2016.
That year, Sevilla finished fourth in LaLiga and made the Round of 16 of the Champions League.
Lillo joined the City set up in 2020 when he replaced Mikel Arteta as the club’s assistant manager. In his first season, City went on to win the Premier League, finishing twelve points above rivals United. They would also win the Carabao Cup – defeating Tottenham 1-0 in the final.
His second season in Manchester saw the club win the league again and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. He returned to managerial duties with Al Sadd in 2022, replacing Javi Gracia.
The Qatari side would finish third in the league, seven points behind champions Al-Duhail.
Lillo (right) was part of the City set-up that won the Premier League and Carabao Cup in 2021
Where is Pep Guardiola?
Guardiola was sent for emergency surgery for severe back pain and will miss Manchester City’s next two Premier League matches.
The 52-year-old underwent an operation in Barcelona earlier this week and is set to remain in Catalonia to recuperate.
Guardiola has been suffering from back problems for some time and could not put off going under the knife.
Lillo will take training sessions and the two matches before next month’s international break, away at Sheffield United and the home game against Fulham.
Pep Guardiola had back surgery earlier this week and will miss Manchester City’s next two matches