Manchester City assistant manager Juanma Lillo is a potential target for Chile to fill their vacant manager’s post.
That’s according to several reports in Chile today, who say that the City number two is on a list of candidates being considered by La Roja.
Lillo joined Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s number two last summer, replacing Mikel Arteta in the role after he joined Arsenal.
The move saw the 54-year-old reuniting with Guardiola, whom he managed towards the end of his playing career and has a close relationship with.
Before his move to the Etihad, he’s had various management roles, including a spell with Chile as their assistant coach under Jorge Sampaoli.
He’s now being linked with a return to the country as their number one as they seek a replacement for Reinaldo Rueda.
AS and ADN Deportes report that he is on a list of possible candidates for the vacant position.
ADN explain that a meeting between Francis Cagigao, Chile’s sports director, and Pablo Milad on Thursday saw them drawing up a list of targets and Lillo’s name ‘came up strongly’.
This is backed up by AS, who say the experienced Spanish coach is the ‘latest candidate’ and ‘in the running’ for the job.
ESPN Radio Chile host Fernando Solabarrieta also confirmed the talks about potential managers and how the Manchester City number two is a ‘firm candidate’ for the role.
“To the names that Felipe gave, we add another. These are negotiations,” Red Gol report him saying.
“They tell me that one of the firm candidates is Juanma Lillo, Sampaoli’s assistant in the last stage, that stretch was very short in the Chilean team.”