Manolo Villanova

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Manolo Villanova
Personal information
Full name Manuel José Villanova Rebollar
Date of birth (1942-08-27) 27 August 1942 (age 76)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1967 Mallorca 14 (0)
1967–1971 Betis 81 (0)
1971–1975 Zaragoza 51 (0)
Total 156 (0)
Teams managed
1975–1978 Deportivo Aragón
1979–1981 Zaragoza
1982–1984 Salamanca
1984–1985 Mallorca
1985–1986 Hércules
1987–1988 Zaragoza
1991–1992 Huesca
1992–1996 Recreativo
1996–2003 Zaragoza B
2006–2008 Huesca
2008 Zaragoza
2008–2009 Zaragoza B
2013–2014 Sariñena

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Manuel José "Manolo" Villanova Rebollar (born 27 August 1942) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and a current manager.

Playing career

Born in Zaragoza, Aragon, Villanova's first professional club was Segunda División's RCD Mallorca, whom he joined in 1966. After a full season at the club he moved to La Liga with Real Betis, suffering relegation during his first campaign.

Villanova continued to appear with the Andalusians in the following years, all in the second level. In 1972 he returned to the top tier, after agreeing to a deal with Real Zaragoza.

A backup to Manolo Nieves, Villanova appeared sparingly for his hometown club, and retired in 1975 at the age of 32.

Managerial career

Immediately after retiring Villanova took up coaching, being appointed at Zaragoza's reserve team, Deportivo Aragón. In May 1979 he was appointed at the helm of the main squad, replacing Vujadin Boškov.

Villanova was sacked in March 1981, after winning only one match out of ten. In June he was named UD Salamanca manager, and took the club back to the top level at first attempt.[1]

Villanova was in charge of the Charros until 1984, and left the club after suffering relegation as dead last. In 1984 he was appointed manager of RCD Mallorca in the second division,[2] finishing the campaign in the seventh position.

In October 1985 Villanova returned to the main category, being appointed Hércules CF manager and replacing sacked Antoni Torres.[3] He was unable prevent relegation nonetheless, and subsequently left the club.

In December 1987 Villanova returned to Zaragoza,[4] taking the club to an impressive fifth position before resigning.[5] He only returned to coaching duties in 1991, while in charge of SD Huesca.

In 1996, after four full seasons at Recreativo de Huelva,[6] Villanova rejoined Zaragoza and its reserve team. In charge until 2003, he only left his post to join the club's board.

In July 2006 Villanova returned to Huesca.[7] On 3 March 2008 he returned to Zaragoza for a third spell, with his side seriously threatened with relegation.[8]

After failing to avoid the drop with the main squad, Villanova was appointed manager of the reserves for a third time. He was relieved from his duties in June 2009, ending a 12-year relationship with the club.[9]

On 14 October 2013 Villanova was named manager of CD Sariñena, in Segunda División B.[10] After suffering relegation, he left the club.

References

  1. Fermor (28 May 1982). "Villanova, un año más en el Salamanca" (PDF) (in español). Mundo Deportivo. p. 8. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Jolis, Montse (16 May 1984). "Villanova, presentado en Palma" (PDF) (in español). Mundo Deportivo. p. 10. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. EFE (24 October 1985). "Relevo en el Hércules: Villanova, nuevo entrenador" (PDF) (in español). Mundo Deportivo. p. 30. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Andrés, Mariano (6 December 1987). "Presentación del nuevo entrenador" (PDF) (in español). Mundo Deportivo. p. 16. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Andrés, Mariano (22 May 1988). "Villanova: En la hora del adiós" (PDF) (in español). Mundo Deportivo. p. 31. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Manolo Villanova, nuevo entrenador del Recreativo" (PDF) (in español). Mundo Deportivo. 19 July 1992. p. 41. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Ferrer, Jaime (3 July 2006). "Borraz, nuevo presidente y Villanova entrenador" (PDF) (in español). Mundo Deportivo. p. 33. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Manolo Villanova, nuevo entrenador del Zaragoza". Marca (in español). 3 March 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "El club despide a Manolo Villanova después de doce años seguidos de relación laboral". El Periódico de Aragón (in español). 17 June 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Manolo Villanova ficha por el Sariñena". El Periódico de Aragón (in español). 14 October 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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