January 3, 2020 / 6:36 PM / 15 days ago

Alguacil extends contract with Sociedad

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Real Sociedad - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - November 23, 2019 Real Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil reacts. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Sociedad have handed coach Imanol Alguacil a one-year contract extension as a reward for transforming the team from a side fighting relegation to one with serious ambitions of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Alguacil had been working in the Basque side’s youth set-up since 2011 but was promoted to first-team coach in December 2018 when Asier Arrasate was sacked with the team 15th in La Liga.

He steered Sociedad away from the relegation zone and has taken them up to fifth in the standings this season, playing sparkling football helped by clever signings such as Norwegian playmaker Martin Odegaard and Sweden striker Alexander Isak.

Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond

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