The U has a new coach: Azul Azul decides for Mauricio Pellegrino

University of Chile has a new technician Mauricio Pellegrino. The front of Azul Azul was decided by the Argentine strategist, who hHe had arrived in Chile to present his project and to finalize the last details regarding the contract that will unite him with the student club. This morning, around 10 am, the meeting of the board of directors of the concessionaire began, in which it was decided to give the position to the emblematic former defender of Vélez Sarsfield, among other Argentine and European clubs. It is expected that his experience, both on and off the field, will be the key to building a project that aims to reinstate the blues among the cheerleaders of the National Championship.

The Argentine strategist was the candidate of the secular sports director, Manuel Mayo, who directly focused on his signing. The representative met with the strategist in Argentina, where he also met Miguel Ángel Russo. On this day, in fact, he explained the determination. Now another decisive stage will begin: the purification of the squad and the choice of reinforcements. For this last point, the wallet will be generous: there will be US$ 2 million to invest in incorporationswith the idea of ​​leaving behind the nightmares that have been experienced in recent years, in which the students were in serious risk of losing the category for the second time in their history.

the new coach will sign for two years, at a rate of US$ 750 thousand dollars per season. Part with the full endorsement of the board of directors chaired by Michael Clark: his choice was unanimous.

Pellegrino began his coaching career in the mid-2000s, in the Valencia youth academy, one of the teams he belonged to as a footballer. Then, in the first big jump, accompanied Rafael Benítez on the Liverpool benchas one of his assistants. He did the same in another of the greats of European football: Inter Milan.

Mauricio Pellegrino is the DT of Vélez. PHOTO: CONMEBOL

In May 2012 he had to take over Valencia as head coach, replacing Unai Emery. He remained in the post until December of that year. The following steps of him took them in Argentina: Students of La Plata and Independent they had it in their pews.

He returned to Europe in 2016 to manage Alavés. In addition, he coached Southampton, in England, and Leganés, again in Spain. In 2020 he returned to South America, to take over the Vélez bench. This year, that process ended, after a seven-game winless streak.