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Bruce and Sunderland:
Sunderland look closer to secure their man Steve Bruce as the agree compensation fee with his Club Wigan (£ 3 millions) to release him from his contract with Wigan. Now only personal details between Sunderland and Bruce should be agreed on to finalize the deal. Sunderland started 2008-09 season with Roy Keane later they sack him for poor results and put Ricky Sbragia as caretaker who lead them to avoid relegation.
Bruce lead Wigan since November 2007 and led Wigan to 11th place this season 2008-09.
Pellegrini and Real Madrid:
Many Spanish media sources sure that Real Madrid and Villarreal agreed on releasing Pellegrini from his remaining contract (one year) as Real Madrid will pay € 4 millions compensation for the Yellow Submarine team. Reports aslo said that Pellegrini will sign two years contract with Los Blancos, Jorge Valdano (should be Perez sporting Director) is a big fan of Pellegrini style and accomplishments.
Manuel Pellegrini is the longest serving coach in the Spanish La Liga since 2004 during his time with Villarreal he managed to make them one of the big teams in Spain and regular European appearance:
- 2008/2009 they finished 5th
- 2007/2008 they finished 2nd
- 2006/2007 they finished 5th
- 2005/2006 they finisihed 7th
- 2004/2005 they finished 3rd
Also He guide them to the Champions League semi-finals to eliminated by Arsenal (1-0) on aggregate, Pellegrini create a Latin playing identity for Villarreal make them one of the entertaining teams in Europe but with solid defense.