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Real Sociedad fires coach Garitano and appoints Alguacil

December 26, 2018
FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 file photo, Real Sociedad's supporters cheer their team during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona at the Anoeta stadium, in San Sebastian, northern Spain. Spanish club Real Sociedad fired manager Asier Garitano on Wednesday Dec. 26, 2018. and replaced him with reserve-team coach Imanol Alguacil. (AP Photo/Jose Ignacio Unanue, File)

MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad has fired coach Asier Garitano and replaced him with reserve-team manager Imanol Alguacil, the Spanish top-flight club said on Wednesday.

Sociedad let Garitano go after four consecutive losses left the side from the Basque Country 15th in the 20-team league.

Garitano took over in the offseason after impressing with Leganes.

Alguacil also briefly coached Sociedad at the end of last season when he replaced Eusebio Sacristan, guiding the team to five wins, a draw and three losses.

Sociedad next plays at Real Madrid on Jan. 6.

Garitano is the sixth coach to be dismissed this season in La Liga.

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