The Welshman was ultimately persuaded to stay on by the remaining Sociedad board members, but his long-term future at the Basque club still remains in doubt, with board elections called for January 3.
De la Pena stepped down on Wednesday night and Coleman said on Thursday: "(On Wednesday night) I spoke with the directors at the Anoeta. After the information I received that Maria would finish, I say ´ok, for me, I finish´ because my loyalty is with Maria and directors. The directors said ´No, stay. We want you to stay, continue to work, it is very important´."
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