David Moyes has been offered a return to management with Real Sociedad following his failed stint with Manchester United, and the former Everton coach wants to bring Phil Neville with him to San Sebastián.
Moyes lasted only 10 months at Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor before the plug was pulled, and has been out of work since. But will he accept this opportunity in La Liga?
Respected Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims that Moyes has been identified as the first choice following the departure of Jagoba Arrasate, while The Mirror adds that Neville could become his No.2 at Anoeta.
Real are languishing second from bottom in the Spanish top-flight having lost six and won only one of their opening 10 matches. They are in dire need of a fillip, and it could be that Moyes is the person to provide it.
Moyes and his Manchester United team twice faced Real Sociedad in the Champions League group phase last season, with the results a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford and a goalless draw in the Basque region.
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Man Utd failure
But it was Moyes’ failure to secure a place in the competition for the following campaign that resulted in him losing his job, with the sacking coming after a defeat to Everton made a top four finish mathematically impossible.
This was back in April and, in the months since, Moyes has been able to reflect and ponder when he might pursue a return and had recently stated that he was ready to take up a new position. A move overseas, he said, was a possibility.
The Real Sociedad job would be a far cry from the one he inherited from Ferguson at Manchester United but, at this early stage of the season, they are certainly not a lost clause.
This opportunity to revive and rebuild a team, and his damaged reputation, could be the ideal chance for Moyes, and heaven knows British coaches don’t take jobs away from these shores often enough.
Aged only 51, Moyes’ career has plenty of legs in it yet, and the decision to join Real Sociedad would be both bold and well received.
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