David Moyes is set to be handed his first job in football management since being sacked by Manchester United almost seven months ago, according to the Evening Standard.
The London-based publication carries reports from Spain which claim Moyes, who spectacularly failed at Old Trafford after being appointed as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, is set to become the new manager of La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.
It’s believed that the 51-year-old has been in negotiations with his would-be new club since Friday, and could be unveiled post-match at the Anoeta Stadium tonight, after Sociedad take on Atletico Madrid.
Moyes could well become the highest-paid manager in the club’s history, but if their early seasonal form is taken into account then he’ll have to work for every penny.
So far this term La Real have only won once in ten games, and their position of second from bottom in La Liga has been compounded by a recent run of losses and draws. In fact, their only victory of the campaign so far came in a shock triumph against Champions League holders Real Madrid, though this was before Carlo Ancelotti's men hit the irresistible form that has propelled them to the top of the table.
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As for Moyes he’ll be hoping to steadily rebuild a career which was all but completely written off by the capitulation of his United side last year. The ex-Everton boss arrived in Manchester with a stellar reputation, having made the Toffees into perennial top four challengers in England’s top flight on a shoestring budget.
Rebuilding his rep
Yet a summer of failures in the transfer market, followed by a record-poor start to the season forebode what was to come, and he was relieved of his duties at Old Trafford with four games to spare.
Sociedad might not be as glamorous as his last detail, but the pressure will be far lower, and Moyes has proved in the past that he can quietly go about his business if given the chance away from the limelight.