Incoming Villarreal coach Preciado dies of heart attack: Spanish football mourns

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 31: (FILE PHOTO) Sporting Gijon manager Manuel Preciado signals to his team during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon at the Nou Camp stadium on August 31, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Manuel Preciado has died of a heart attack, aged 54, only a day after the announcement that he was to take up the post as the new head coach of Villarreal. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Yesterday afternoon Villarreal announced Manolo Preciado was to be the Submarine's new coach. This morning, in one of those stranger-than-fiction events, we are all--and I mean all of Spanish football--in mourning, as the beloved Cantabrian passed away last night from a massive heart attack.

Comunicados del Villarreal y de la Federación española

Manolo Preciado dies of heart attack | elcentrocampista.com - Spanish Football and La Liga News in English
Manolo Preciado has died of heart attack at the age of 54. The former Sporting Gijon boss was set to be unveiled as new coach of Villarreal on Friday.

Manolo Preciado fallece a causa de un infarto - Villarreal | Liga BBVA - AS.com

In an industry where there aren't too many coaches who are universally respected (let's be honest), Preciado was one of the rare ones. Biography and photos below.

Jugadores Fallecidos: MANOLO PRECIADO, CORAZÓN NOBLE

Una vida de fútbol - Fotogalería - MARCA.com

Tributes have been coming in from everyone; here are some:

Caparrós: "Como persona, Manolo era de Champions" - Fallece Manolo Preciado Reacciones - AS.com

El fútbol español expresa su pesar por la muerte de Preciado - MARCA.com

Conmoción en el mundo del fútbol por la muerte de Manolo Preciado - LAOTRALIGA.NET

Sr. Roig didn't want to make any statement to the press this morning, understandably. I'm sure he, like the rest of us, is still reeling from the shock. RIP Manolo Preciado.

MARCA homenajea a Manolo Preciado - LAOTRALIGA.NET

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