Sociedad signs Valenciennes coach Montanier

Real Sociedad has hired Valenciennes coach Philippe Montanier to

lead the Spanish league club for the next two seasons.

The 47-year-old Frenchman replaces Martin Lasarte, who was fired

after guiding the Basque club to a 15th-place finish and just

avoiding relegation only in the last round of games.

Montanier is coming off a 12th-place finish with French club

Valenciennes after his second year in charge. Assistant coach

Michel Troin will join Montanier, also.