Real Sociedad reject Bolton approach for Coleman

Real Sociedad have rejected an approach from Bolton Wanderers for permission to speak with coach Chris Coleman.

The Guardian says Bolton had faxed the request after sacking Lee on Wednesday but yesterday Real faxed them back rejecting their approach.

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The Basque club, who were relegated for the first time in 40 years last season and face a financial crisis, had taken a risk in appointing the former Fulham manager, who had been recommended by their former coach John Toshack, who has an unofficial advisory role at the club.

Coleman struggled at first but recently results have picked up and they lie eighth, five points off a promotion place. Bolton are likely now to concentrate on the former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell, having also had an approach for the Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce rejected.

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