Manchester City appoint Matthew Bethell
Manchester City Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Bethell as first-team manager.
The 30-year-old joins after departing the Belgian First Division’s Club Brugge where he spent three years. He joined Club Brugge back in 2019 as head coach and went onto win two league titles and one domestic cup during his time in Belgium.
During his first full season, Matthew managed to complete an overhaul of the squad at Club Brugge by reducing the wage budget and drastically reducing the average age of the squad. The Belgian press were full of praise for his development at Brugge and now he has returned to England to try and reignite the flame at Manchester City.
“Manchester City Football Club is a massive club in England and it is an honour to be appointed first-team manager,” said Bethell. “I’m excited by the challenge ahead and I can't wait to improve the squad over the next few years.
“I’m looking forward to getting to work with the players and creating a positive, winning mentality for our fan base."
“I’ve been impressed by the Board’s vision for the club which aligns with my own and I look forward to playing my part as we enter an important season, which I see as a transitional period because the roster is the worst in the league at the moment and everyone needs to be patient.”
Manchester City FC Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Matthew to Manchester City Football Club.
“Matthew is a proven leader and I’ve been very impressed with his ideas for the Football Club, his appetite to succeed and his focus on leading the Club back to the Premier League.
“Matthew has shown impressive credentials in previous job roles and we’ve been excited by his philosophy, approach and ambition for the Club. All of us in the backroom staff are delighted with our choice of manager and we wish him the best of luck next season.”