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MADRID, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Real Sociedad have promoted youth team coach Gonzalo Arconada to replace Jose Maria Amorrortu, the Primera Liga club said on Monday.

The 44-year-old, brother of former Spain goalkeeper Luis Miguel, will take charge of the side until the end of the season.

'The team were not meeting the standards everyone expects,' Arconada told a news conference.

'They have shown glimpses of what they can do, but the first thing we must achieve is to win over the fans again.

'It is important that we remain calm so that we can start to move forward positively.'

Amorrortu was sacked earlier in the day after a run of poor results left the side in 15th place, just four points above the relegation zone.

On Amorrortu's dismissal club president Miguel Fuentes said: 'In the world of professional football results are valued above all other considerations.

'The team had shown it was capable of playing good football but the reality is that we were not collecting points.

'The results are there for all to see. It was a tough decision but we are on a poor run and we need to change the team dynamic.'

Real Sociedad lost 3-1 at Basque rivals Alaves on Sunday, their eighth away defeat of the season. The San Sebastian-based side have the league's worst defensive record with 42 goals conceded.

Amorrortu, who replaced Frenchman Raynald Denoueix in June 2004 and led La Real to a 14th-placed finish last season, was the second coach to lose his job on Monday.

Malaga's Antonio Tapia was also sacked taking the number of top-flight coaches to have lost their jobs in the last two months to four.

Atletico Madrid's Carlos Bianchi was fired earlier in the month and in December Real Madrid's Vanderlei Luxemburgo was also replaced.