On July 1st 2013, David Moyes started the first day of his dream job in charge of Manchester United.
Just ten months later Moyes’ dream lay in tatters though, as he was sacked by the club after defeat to Everton meant that they would miss out on Champions League football for the first time since the 1995 season.
Now, seven months after his departure from Old Trafford, Moyes has been named as the new manager of Real Sociedad.
The Basque club are struggling in La Liga this season and have turned to Moyes in a bid to get them back into the Champions League – where they faced the Scot and United last season.
For Moyes, this is an opportunity to get his reputation back on track. After eleven years in charge of Everton, Moyes was seen as one of the best managers in British football and, as such, United gave him the illustrious honour of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Can Moyes adapt to change in culture?
After his struggles at Old Trafford, Moyes has decided to move abroad to rebuild that reputation and re-establish himself as one of the top managers in the game. He deserves a lot of credit for the move.
It is a brave choice to take on another league, another culture and another language. It is a move however that should be taken by more ambitious British managers as it can offer them a chance to expand their horizons and learn a great deal more about how football is played across the world.
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It is a move that worked well for Steve McClaren who found huge success at FC Twente after his disastrous spell in charge of England. If Moyes can replicate that success, there is every chance that he could return to England and find success again in the Premier League.
Sociedad seem like a good match for Moyes. The demand for trophies, which are sorely lacking from the Scotsman’s CV, is not high as they haven’t lifted silverware since 1987. At United the demand was to win every game, but that pressure will not be on Moyes in San Sebastian. Also, the club have a strong reputation for developing and nurturing young talent and have a number of quality players in the team at the moment. This echoes Moyes’ time at Everton and so give him a real chance of being able to take the club forward.
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If Moyes can conquer the language issues and the cultural differences, there is no reason why he can’t make a real success of this move to Spain. He is a good manager with a proven track record, who was swallowed up by the size of the job at Manchester United.
Moving abroad is a brave move, but one Moyes deserves great credit for taking. It provides an opportunity to learn more about the game and the way other nations and cultures view it. It is a move that more British managers should be bold enough to take.