RIP :: Manuel ‘Manolo’ Preciado Rebolledo (28 August 1957 – 6 June 2012)

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Jun 7, 2012

RIP :: Manuel ‘Manolo’ Preciado Rebolledo (28 August 1957 – 6 June 2012)

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The Spanish coach Manuel ‘Manolo’ Preciado Rebolledo has died of a heart-attack, a day after take the reins at relegated Villarreal for next season. Preciado’s former club Sporting Gijón reported on their website that the coach had died in Valencia aged 54 on Thursday. He was scheduled to be presented at the Madrigal on Friday.

* Manuel ‘Manolo’ Preciado Rebolledo (28 August 1957 – 6 June 2012) was a Spanish football defender and coach. His 15-year career was mainly associated with Racing de Santander, and he also represented five other teams, mostly in the lower leagues. As a manager Preciado also coached with his main club, but worked mostly with Sporting de Gijón, promoting to La Liga in 2008.

Born in El Astillero, Cantabria, Preciado appeared in 59 La Liga matches for local Racing de Santander, split between three of his five-season spell with the club. His best-ever in the top flight was 32 games in 1978–79, which ended in relegation. After three years in Segunda División (two of them with Linares CF), Preciado resumed his career in the lower leagues, eventually retiring in 1992 with lowly Gimnástica de Torrelavega, also in his native region, at nearly 35.

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