Real Sociedad have appointed Chris Coleman as their new coach.

Coleman, who was sacked by Fulham towards the end of last season, was recommended to the Basque club by John Toshack – a former manager of Real Sociedad.

Coleman was offered a three-year deal on Wednesday evening and he has now accepted after being given assurances about transfer funds.

He will replace Miguel Angel Lotina, who left the club following their relegation from La Liga.

Club president Maria De La Pena has said Coleman’s arrival will bring ‘freshness and new ideas’ to Sociedad.

Coleman admits the Real Sociedad job is a ‘big, big challenge’.

“I have been out having talks in San Sebastian for the past three days,” Coleman told Sky Sports News.

“The talks have been very, very positive, but I have not signed a contract yet.

“I want to do it, and the club wants to do it, but as yet I have not put pen-to-paper.

“I have been very impressed by the president and directors of Sociedad, and what they had to say.

“It’s a fantastic and massive club, and a big, big challenge.

“The talks went well for both parties.”