David Moyes sacked by Real Sociedad

Former Manchester United and Everton manager has been dismissed by La Liga club the day before his first anniversary in charge at the Anoeta.

David Moyes has been sacked by Real Sociedad after overseeing only 12 wins during almost exactly a year as the club’s manager.

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The former Everton and Manchester United manager has turned down several opportunities to return to the Premier League since joining Sociedad but, after flying back to Bilbao from Manchester at the start of the week, he was personally informed of his dismissal by club president Jokin Aperribay.

His last match was a 2-0 loss against Las Palmas on Friday night that has left Sociedad level on points with the relegation zone of La Liga following only two wins in 11 league matches this season.

It means that, after spending 15 seasons at Preston and Everton between 1998 and 2013, Moyes has lasted less than a year in each of his two subsequent jobs before being sacked. Just as at United, the abrupt ending has come as a major disappointment and surprise, with Moyes clearly confident of fighting on immediately after Friday’s defeat.

He said then that he intended to stay until at least the end of the season and was adamant that he was not worried by the situation. “I’m used to it,” he said. “The season is long and I have faith in the players. They have to do better, and so do I.”

Events, however, were to move quickly out of his control. While Moyes had returned for the weekend to England, Aperribay was being persuaded by the other directors that it was time to make a change.

Former Spain midfielder Eusebio Sacristan has already been lined up to replace Moyes with a contract until 2017 after recently leaving Barcelona following four years in charge of the club’s B team.

Moyes’ contract was due to expire next summer and, after earning around £7million during his 10-month spell at Manchester United, he is now expected to receive compensation from Sociedad of around £1 million.

It was not so much Friday’s result that finished Moyes, according to sources in the Spain, but the manner of the defeat and the wider suspicion that the players were no longer performing for their manager. There was also a feeling that Moyes had been well backed by the club in the transfer market following the summer arrivals of Asier Illarramendi, Jonathas, Bruma and Geronimo Rulli.

There had been some hard-hitting recent coverage in the local media and claims that Moyes had failed to adapt to the culture Spain and La Liga, as well as mastering a new language. Moyes has been living in a hotel in Spain and, having ruled out potential opportunities at the end of last season with Newcastle United and West Ham United, he is again unlikely to be short of offers for work in England.

Championship clubs Queens Park Rangers and Fulham have both begun their search for a new manager following the respective dismissals this past week of Chris Ramsey and Kit Symons.

The position of Garry Monk at Swansea City is also suddenly being questioned after they lost on Saturday to Norwich City and dropped to 14th in the Premier League table. The expectation at Swansea, however, is that Monk will be given more time to arrest the recent slump after leading the club to their best ever Premier League finish only six months ago.

Moyes’ tenure at Sociedad was to peak with a 1-0 win over Barcelona last year and he did also lead the club to a relatively comfortable 12th place finish after inheriting a team facing the prospect of a relegation battle. The season ended badly, however, and there was little sign of any improvement so far in this campaign despite a relatively gentle fixture list.

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His experience in Spain will be perceived as a further blow to ambitious British managers following the sackings already this season at Liverpool and Aston Villa of Brendan Rodgers and Tim Sherwood.

“[We] have decided to terminate the contract of first team coach David Moyes,” said a statement from Real Sociedad. “His assistant Billy McKinlay has also left the club. [We] wish to thank both David and Billy for the…professionalism and dedication they have shown during the course of their duties with the first team. We wish them both the best for their professional and personal future.

Culled from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/managers/david-moyes/11984504/David-Moyes-sacked-by-Real-Sociedad.html

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