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Cookie Coleman on a shaky nail

last updated Thursday 27th December 2007, 2:43 PM
Chris Coleman
Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman could well be out of the job for the second time in a year, with new year presidential elections at Real Sociedad likely to see his short and unsuccessful tenure come to an end.

Coleman was sacked by Fulham towards the end of last season due to the club's poor performances in the league.

Many opposed this decision from the Fulham board, insisting that with the budgetary constraints imposed on the Welshman it was unreasonable to expect any better from him.

Many felt Cookie, as he is known, should have received more financial support from chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed. It was his successor Lawrie Sanchez who inexplicably reaped those rewards instead, but the ex-Northern Ireland boss failed to deliver the results afterwards, and was sacked following the club's home defeat to Newcaste.

Coleman, meanwhile, was offered the exciting prospect of plying his trade abroad at Real Sociedad, who had just been relegated from la Primera in Spain.

Hie task would be to guide the royal club back to the top flight, but things haven't panned out so well for the Welshman, as his side languish in mid-table.

Inaki Badiola, who is running for president in the upcoming elections, has suggested that Coleman could well be replaced by experienced Spanish tactician Javier Irureta.

Badiola said: "Our intention is to meet Coleman when he returns from holiday on December 29 or 30 and, when we talk about new signings, he will make a decision on whether to stay.

"If he decides not to stay then Javier Irureta will be our coach."

It is perhaps the best for both club and manager, as adapting to such a different environment was always going to be a tough ask for Coleman, and Irureta has the required experienced in Spain to bring the club back to the first division.

An outside possibility is of course that Coleman could return to England in time to take up the reigns at his old job with Fulham, where there is now a vacancy.

However, it's highly unlikely the Fulham board would be willing to admit what many are calling a horrendous error. It is equally farfetched that Coleman would return to a club he served so loyally as both a player and coach only to be unceramoniously dumped at the first available opportunity.

Source Sulmaan Ahmad at Goal
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