Alonso backing Coleman
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Xabi Alonso is confident his former club Real Sociedad is in good hands.Xabi Alonso is confident his former club Real Sociedad is in good hands following the appointment of Chris Coleman as manager.
Former Fulham boss Coleman recently took charge of Sociedad and Alonso would like to see him be successful.
The Liverpool midfielder was not expecting such a decision from Coleman, but he has been impressed by the Welshman's rapid rise to management and thinks he will continue to surprise people.
"In England, his decision to move abroad was big news," Alonso who left Sociedad for Liverpool in 2004, told Marca.
"At first it was a big surprise that he chose to go to Real instead of looking for another team in the Premier League.
"Coleman's story is an interesting one. He quickly gained prestige among his team-mates at Fulham and moved from player to assistant manager, and then from assistant to coach in a small amount of time.
"I hope he does well. His teams are usually very well organised and difficult to beat, especially when they play at home.
"Away from home, they (Fulham) found it harder to win games, but what I would stress is that, in the years he was at Fulham, Coleman comfortably achieved the goal of avoiding relegation."
Alonso also hopes his older brother Mikel will leave Sociedad and join him in the Premier League.
Mikel Alonso is currently on trial with Bolton and could earn a deal at The Reebok Stadium.
"He has the right attributes to play in the Premier League and would be a very good signing for Bolton," said Xabi Alonso.