Montanier named new Sociedad manager

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MADRID - Real Sociedad have appointed Philippe Montanier to be their coach for the next two seasons after agreeing a compensation package with French club Valenciennes, the Spanish side said in a statement.

The 46-year-old Frenchman replaces Uruguayan Martin Lasarte who led them to promotion to La Liga in 2010 and then a 15th-placed finish last month.

Montanier, a former goalkeeper, guided Boulogne to promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time in 2009, and led modest Valenciennes to tenth in the league the following season.