Manchester City have announced the appointment of Spaniard Txiki Begiristain as their new director of football.
The Premier League champions have appointed the 48-year-old, who has held the same position at Barcelona, as part of their plan to make the club world leaders in developing and recruiting players.
Begiristain worked at Barcelona from 2008 to 2010 and City confirmed he would "take responsibility for supporting the first-team manager, Roberto Mancini, in first-team recruitment and operations".
City also confirmed Brian Marwood, currently the club's football administrator, would take on the role of managing director of the new City Football Academy when it opens at the start of the 2013/14 season.
He will be responsible for the recruitment, development, training and management of up to 400 players. Both men will report to chief executive Ferran Soriano.
Begiristain, who played for Real Sociedad and Barcelona during his playing career, told the club's official website: "I am very pleased indeed to have been offered such an exciting opportunity. The progress and on field achievements at Manchester City are plain for all to see and I am honoured to have been asked to contribute to its future success.
"I am very much looking forward to working with Brian Marwood, Roberto Mancini and Ferran Soriano in continuing to build a football team and philosophy which will serve Manchester City well in the near and long term future."
Soriano added: "Sustainability has always been central to Sheikh Mansour's investment in Manchester City Football Club.
"The long term future of the football club is dependent upon our ability to recruit and develop young players all the way through to the first team squad. The focus must be on both academy and first Team and the close co-ordination between them.
Marwood added: "The club's new football operations structure is a hallmark of our hard work to date and the two leadership roles are a necessity borne of both success and ambition. Txiki and I have a shared philosophy when it comes to football operations and I very much look forward to the work that we will carry out together."