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Chris Coleman has been given a vote of confidence by new Real Sociedad president Inaki Badiola.

The former Fulham manager had looked set to leave the Basque club when last week Badiola was elected and immediately announced that he had a shortlist of players he wanted to sign.

However, following talks with his new employer Coleman has decided to stay at Sociedad.

“When Maria [de la Pena, former president] stepped down, I offered my resignation to the directors, who said it was more important I stay and worked with the players at least until January 3 when there will be a new president – no problem,” said Coleman.

“The new president has come in and he’s told me it’s important that I stay, and the players have asked me to stay.

“So what was the most important thing – my ego or the club? I think the club is a little bit more important than that.

“Of course it’s difficult for me because it is a different programme and I don’t want to look like a hypocrite, which maybe I do. But the most important thing is the club.

“I’ll stay as long as the club need me to stay. If the players weren’t happy with us and the president said it wasn’t important we stay, then that would be it…”

Coleman has been set the task of achieving promotion this season.

“It’s the president’s programme, it’s a six-month programme. We have to be in the Primera Liga in six months, so we are told,” Coleman said.

“He wants to sign a lot of players, they won’t be my signings, they will be the president’s or the club’s, and we will work with that programme until we are told we are no longer needed.

“We all knew before that our idea for the club was a three-year plan; the [new] president has a different idea.

“Since I’ve been a manager I’ve always bought and sold my own players, that is what I am used to.

“I spoke with the president about this, he has told me his plans. The club will buy the players. He wants me to remain.”

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