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Bolton turn attention to Real Sociedad manager Coleman

19 October 2007 13:26

LONDON (AFP) - Managerless Bolton have turned to Real Sociedad boss Chris Coleman after being snubbed in their attempts to lure Steve Bruce and Gary Megson to the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton are searching for a new manager after sacking Sammy Lee and Coleman's agent revealed the Premier League club have asked Sociedad for permission to speak to Coleman.

The former Fulham boss, who has only been in Spain for four months, is Bolton's latest target after Birmingham rebuffed an attempt to talk to Bruce and Championship club Leicester turned down an approach for their manager Gary Megson.

Alan Smith, Coleman's adviser, told The Times: "Bolton have asked Real Sociedad for permission to speak to Chris.

"It's a very interesting proposition for him to return to the Premier League, but at the same time he is happy in Spain. We have already turned down an inquiry from another English club."

Leicester owner Milan Mandaric confirmed he had refused to let Megson speak to Bolton. He said: "Following widespread speculation in the media regarding Bolton's interest in our manager Gary Megson I can confirm that the Premier League club approached us early Thursday morning seeking official permission to speak to Gary.

"That approach has been completely rejected."

Archie Knox will take charge of the first team as caretaker manager for Saturday's match at league leaders Arsenal.

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