Manchester City have appointed former Barcelona technical director Txiki Begiristain as director of football in a restructuring which sees Brian Marwood now in charge of the Football Academy.
Marwood had previously been responsible for signing players, but his transfer dealings had been criticised by manager Roberto Mancini over the past two summers. Begiristain will report to City's chief executive Ferran Soriano - who worked with him at Barcelona.
Begiristain is a former winger Real Sociedad, Barcelona and Deportivo winger who won 22 caps for Spain.
He ended his playing career in the J-League at the Urawa Red Diamonds, before spending seven years at the Nou Camp as Director of Football.