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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 19:29 GMT 20:29 UK
Coleman appointed Sociedad boss
Chris Coleman
Coleman was sacked as manager of Fulham in April
Chris Coleman has been confirmed as manager of Spanish second division outfit Real Sociedad.

Coleman, 37, signed a three-year deal on Wednesday after the Basque club approved a new board led by president Maria De La Pena.

Coleman, who was sacked as Fulham boss in April, will be presented to the media on Thursday.

Sociedad were relegated from La Liga last season for the first time in 40 years, finishing 19th out of 20.

There are some items to iron out - not financial but technical

Coleman's agent Alan Smith

"He brings freshness and new ideas and the main aim will clearly be to return to the Primera Liga," said De La Pena.

Coleman was recommended to De La Pena and Sociedad by their former manager John Toshack.

The club's former coach Salva Iriarte will work alongside Coleman after being given the post of sporting director.

Iriarte had been Toshack's assistant with Wales since November 2004 but has been forced to relinquish the role, despite originally hoping to combine both jobs.

Former Wales striker Dean Saunders has taken over as Toshack's number two.

606: DEBATE

Coleman joined Fulham as a player in 1997 in a 2m move from Blackburn but injuries suffered in a car crash in 2001 led to his retirement less then two years later.

He took over as manager in April 2003 following the departure of Jean Tigana.

Coleman was eventually replaced by Lawrie Sanchez, paying the price for a seven-game winless streak that left the club hovering above the Premier League relegation zone.



SEE ALSO
Coleman 'can shine at Sociedad'
30 Jun 07 |  Europe
Sociedad linked to Wales' Iriarte
25 Jun 07 |  Internationals


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