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Man City's Pep Guardiola donates ¬150,000 to charity to aid refugees' rescue

Man City's Pep Guardiola donates ¬150,000 to charity to aid refugees' rescue

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West Ham have announced the appointment of Mario Husillos as their new director of football.

Husillos, 59, arrives at the London club after a spell as sporting director of Malaga, where he worked with new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini during the club's most successful spell.

The duo guided Malaga to the quarterfinals of Champions League and a sixth-placed La Liga finish in 2012-13.

"West Ham United is a club with huge ambition," Husillos told the West Ham website. "The challenge to help deliver that ambition is what really attracted me to the role.

"I know the manager well and know he wants to deliver an exciting brand of attacking football. It will be my job to supply him with the tools to do just that."

West Ham have been working on a restructuring off the pitch after parting company with manager David Moyes, who guided them to Premier League safety last season.

"Mario has great experience and a fantastic knowledge of players," club co-owner David Sullivan said.

"We have already had positive discussions about his role and the areas of the squad that we want to improve, and I am sure he will become a key figure for the club."

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola donated €150,000 in March to Proactiva Open Arms, a Catalan non-profit organisation that rescues refugees from the sea.

Guardiola gave money to help repair a rescue boat that had been docked in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo, Italy, after sustaining damage following a mission near the Libyan coast.

"Pep came to see us," Oscar Camps, the organisation's founder, told RAC1. "He even spoke about coming to the ship to help out. But [it's] not just him -- other sportsmen have also shown an interest in giving a hand.

"We normally have small help and donations to cover the €2 million that we need for our maritime operations, but when you have extraordinary circumstances, as is the case of these repairs of €100,000, we still need help from people."

Guardiola began endorsing Proactiva Open Arms in November 2016, and last month, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde showed his support by writing a foreword to a book to raise funds for the organisation.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an estimated 771 people are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to enter Europe in 2018.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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