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Coleman signs three-year deal at relegated Sociedad

4 July 2007 21:30

MADRID (AFP) - Relegated Real Sociedad on Wednesday signed former Fulham boss Chris Coleman as their new coach on a three-year deal.

The 37-year-old, who takes over after Miguel Angel Lotina resigned to join Primera Liga club Deportivo La Coruna, will be presented to the press at the San Sebastian-based club on Thursday.

Sociedad, the league champions in 1981 and 1982, dropped out of the top flight after 40 years following a disastrous campaign which saw them go winless until the week before Christmas.

Coleman, who was sacked by Fulham in April after four years in charge, follows in the footsteps of fellow Welshman John Toshack at the club.

Like former Liverpool star Toshack, Coleman also was on the books of Swansea City as a player, taking the club to the top flight in straight seasons from the old fourth division in England.

Coleman also played for Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham, while he also won more than 30 Welsh caps.

He succeeded Frenchman Jean Tigana in April 2003 at Fulham to become the youngest coach in the English Premiership and a year later had the London side finish in the top half of the table.

There followed two midtable finishes before he was fired when they were teetering on being relegated. The club brought in Lawrie Sanchez and he ultimately saved them from the drop.

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