Chris Coleman flew out to Spain last night after being offered the manager’s job at Real Sociedad.

The former Fulham boss was recommended for the post by Wales chief John Toshack, a former manager of the Basque club.

Sociedad were relegated from La Liga earlier this month but Coleman has always been keen on the chance of managing abroad and looks likely to accept the position.

The Welshman, sacked by Fulham in April, will speak to Sociedad club officials today and is likely to move, along with his former Craven Cottage No 2 Steve Kean — who speaks Spanish and has experience of playing in Portugal.

Sociedad were hoping to tempt Toshack back to the club but he was adamant he would not give up the Wales job.

Coleman spoke of his ambition to manage abroad two years ago, insisting: “We see a lot of foreign coaches coming here but not many British guys going abroad.

“I don’t know why because there are a lot of good, experienced managers who are not working. We should start promoting British managers.

“Coaching abroad would improve me as a boss. You see a different side of football, a different culture.”

Coleman, 37, bossed Fulham for four years. He kept the West London club away from the Premiership relegation zone until this Easter, when he was axed after a poor run of results and replaced by Lawrie Sanchez.

Since leaving Fulham, he was overlooked for the manager’s job at Sheffield United and never received any contact from Manchester City about their vacancy.