David Moyes confirmed as new Real Sociedad coach

November 12, 2014 11:33 am 

MADRID, Nov. 11 — Former Manchester United and Everton coach David Moyes was confirmed as the new coach of Spanish club Real Sociedad on Tuesday.

The Scot has agreed a contract until the summer of 2016, which means he will lead the San Sebastian based club through the remainder of this season and next season.

The 51-year-old Moyes replaces Jagoba Arrasate, who was sacked a week ago on the back of a home defeat to Malaga, which left Real Sociedad second from bottom of the BBVA Primera Liga table, although Sunday saw the Basque side, under the temporary direction of Asier Santana claim a morale boosting 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid.

Moyes' chastising experience at Old Trafford last season where he was sacked after less than a season in charge after replacing Sir Alex Fergusson as the club failed to qualify for Europe, has been put into perspective with the problems faced by Louis Van Gaal, who took over at Old Trafford at the start of the season and is currently struggling to build a team despite having spent around US$ 200 million on team building.

He takes over a club hovering just above the relegation zone with just 9 points from 11 games, but as Sunday's win shows, he also takes over a squad, which has quality players in Carlos Vela, Inigo Martinez, Ruben Pardo and Sergio Canales.

Real Sociedad also has a tradition of having worked with British coaches, with Wales boss, Chris Coleman a recent coach at the club, while John Toshack enjoyed three spells working in San Sebastian.

With no league fixtures next weekend because of the international calendar, Moyes now has time to prepare his debut, which will be away to fellow strugglers, Deportivo la Coruna. (PNA/Xinhua)



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