The following day, he was taken ill after suffering chest pains - and we never saw him again.
Assistant Rubén Martínez took care of the shop for games against Blackpool, Bournemouth and Blackburn, which yielded five points, before the announcement - just four weeks after his appointment - that García was leaving the club due to ill health.
So like Schubert's unfinished symphony, we will never know if Óscar García's body of work would have turned into a masterpiece. The evidence was simply too sketchy to form a conclusive opinion.
But what we do know is that his reign looked like a candidate for a carriage clock for long service compared with the fate of his successor, Billy McKinlay...