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Spain mourns passing of Manuel Preciado

Posted in European Football by peterbein on June 7, 2012
Manuel Preciado

Manuel Preciado died aged 54

Manuel Preciado, who only yesterday signed on with Villarreal CF to become their new coach from next season, has sadly died from a heart attack today, aged 54.

Preciado was mainly associated as a player with Racing Santander but also featured for clubs such as Real Mallorca and Deportivo Alaves. His coaching career began in the mid-90s with Gimnástica de Torrelavega before returning to Racing Santander to take charge of the “B” team on two occasions before two separate spells managing the first team from 2002-03 and 2005-06. His most recent job came with Sporting de Gijón where he stayed for six years from 2006, leading them to promotion in his first season and keeping them in the top flight before they went down at the end of last season.

Stoppage Time wished to pass on its condolences at this sad time.