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Abu Dhabi's Man City hires director of football

Former Barcelona exec Txiki Begiristain set to play key role in Sheikh Mansour's vision

Abu Dhabi's Man City hires director of football
Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner of Manchester City.

Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City announced on Sunday the appointment of Txiki Begiristain as the club's new director of football.

Begiristain, who held a similar position at FC Barcelona, will see him take responsibility for supporting the first team manager, Roberto Mancini, in first team recruitment and operations.

The club, bought by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2008, also said former Arsenal winger Marwood had been appointed managing director of the club's football academy.

Man City recently announced that the City Football Academy would be operational at the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

Both new roles will report directly to chief executive officer Ferran Soriano, the club added in a statement.

Soriano said: “Sustainability has always been central to Sheikh Mansour’s investment in Manchester City Football Club.

"The long term future of the football club is dependent upon our ability to recruit and develop young players all the way through to the first team squad. The focus must be on both academy and first team and the close coordination between them.

"Given the scale and importance of this challenge, we want to commit our very best people to it. I am delighted that Brian Marwood will take leadership of the CFA initiative and I am equally very pleased to welcome an individual of Txiki Begiristain's calibre to the club.”

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