Relegated Villarreal have reached
an agreement with Manuel Preciado for him to take over as coach
for next season, the Spanish second division side said on
The charismatic 54-year-old, who was sacked by Sporting
Gijon in January, has achieved five team promotions in his
career, two of which, with Sporting and Levante, were into
Spain's top flight.
He replaces Miguel Angel Lotina who oversaw Villarreal's
relegation on the final day of the season last month at the end
of a campaign in which they had started out in the Champions
The team known as the Yellow Submarine were Champions League
semi-finalists in 2006 and La Liga runners up in 2008.
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