Roberto Olabe has been appointed coach of Real Sociedad until the end of the season after the departure of John Toshack.
Olabe, a former Real goalkeeper, retired from football three years ago and had been working as coach of the Primera División club's Under-19 team. His assistant will be Ricardo Zamora, who played for the team when they won the Spanish title in 1981 and 1982.
"This appointment comes as a big surprise to me," said Olabe. "I have not had time yet to understand the importance of my new situation. I know the team very well, as I played with most of the players, so I hope this will help us stay in the first division."
Five wins wanted
Ahead of Sunday's match against RCD Espanyol, Olabe identified what Real need to do to ensure survival. "It will be our first attempt to win five out of nine matches, which is the minimum we need if we want to avoid relegation," he said. "We will have to work very hard. We must play very concentrated in all matches, and put our opponents under pressure with an aggressive playing style."
Vitoria-born Olabe has already been well received by the club's fans, after Welsh coach Toshack was sacked on Monday following a poor run of results. Toshack had been in his third spell at the club and said the decision to let him go was "not a surprise".
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