La Liga

Coaching Updates In La Liga

Two coaching moves by Valencia and Real Sociedad this week.

Valencia announced that they had extended coach Unai Emery’s contract by one year until the end of June 2012 after he guided Valencia nto next season’s Champions League.

“Unai has demonstrated his worth and qualifying directly for the Champions League has great merit for all,” the club’s president, Manuel Llorent, said on their website.

Real Sociedad went in the other direction as they sacked coach Martin Lasarte. Real Sociedad narrowly avoided relegation this season and Lasarte paid the penalty for their poor performance.

“Real Sociedad have informed Martin Lasarte today that he will not be continuing as first-team coach next season,” the club said in a statement on their website late on Tuesday.

Lasarte had brought Sociedad back up to the top flight last season when they finished top of the second division and they ended the season fighting to avoid the drop and a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Getafe on Saturday left them in 15th on 45 points, two above relegated Deportivo Coruna.