Murcia the latest stop on Toshack's tour of Spain

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John Toshack is the new coach of La Primera Liga's bottom club, Murcia. Toshack, 54, replaces Joaquin Peiro, who joined Murcia in the summer but was sacked on Monday after achieving one win in the first 20 games. "He is the best option of those that we have on the table," the Murcia president, Jesus Samper, said. "He likes the look of the new Murcia project."

Murcia will be the fourth team that Toshack has managed in Spain. He took charge of Real Sociedad in 1985 and stayed for four seasons before moving to Real Madrid, whom he led to the title in 1990.

However, a falling-out with some of Madrid's star players saw Toshack return to Real Sociedad where he remained from 1991 to 1995, when he briefly took charge at Deportivo La Coruña.

Toshack then coached Besiktas in Turkey before returning to Real Madrid for a turbulent reign which ended when he said people would "see pigs fly over the Bernabeu before he apologised" for criticising the goalkeeper Albano Bizarri.

Toshack has since coached France's St-Etienne before returning to Spain to save Real Sociedad from relegation.