Manchester United flop David Moyes is perfectly suited to managing Real Sociedad, and should take to the job well, according to Spanish football expert Terry Gibson.
In quotes relayed by talkSPORT Gibson revealed his belief that Moyes shouldn’t struggle nearly as much with the La Liga outfit as he did at the helm of United, as their playing style up until now, and the expectations the team has on its shoulders are well-tailored to his capabilities.
Moyes to suit Sociedad
"I actually think he is a really good fit for Real Sociedad," said the Spanish football expert, speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.
"I actually think he is a really good fit for Real Sociedad"
"The Spanish style of play is different but Real Sociedad are one of those teams that like to play direct. They always like to rely on a big, strong centre-forwad, which they have got, so it is not going to be a massive change for him.
"The players are waiting for a leader. They didn't have that with the last manager. They have been crying out for a leader and they have got that in David Moyes."
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Trouble at United
The Scot was acrimoniously removed from his position as manager at Old Trafford almost seven months ago, having failed to oversee a smooth transition to the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
His Red Devils side were torn apart by critics, and a poor run in the Premier League left chiefs at the then-title holders with little choice but to listen to fans calling for his head.
Now, having taken time out of the sport’s limelight, it would appear Moyes is ready to return, with it having been announced that Sociedad are the next club ready to offer him his way back into top-level management.
The Spanish side are floundering in La Liga, and, having already failed to qualify for European competition after a shock defeat to Krasnodar, sit in 15th place - level on points with the club one spot from bottom.
Importance of next job
It would appear that the 51-year-old very much has his hands full, which is possibly why it took him over a week to decide on whether or not he wanted the job. Moyes will certainly know that his reputation can ill-afford another battering such as the one sustained during his tenure in Manchester, though the Sociedad role does give him the sort of pressure-free atmosphere he enjoyed so much at Everton.
The deal he has penned will see him placed in charge at San Sebastian for as long as 18 months, with a review likely to take place prior to the contract’s expiration in summer 2016.
It would appear Sociedad are unwilling to fall foul of the same mistake United made when they handed Moyes a six-year, multi-million pound contract, but if he impresses in Spain his services might be retained.
In the past the ex-Everton fan favourite has publicly confirmed his desire to work abroad. The chances are he never assumed his career could depend on whether or not he’s successful in such an endeavour.