Mikel Arteta has revealed that he spoke to David Moyes about Real Sociedad and advised his former manager to take the job.
The Arsenal captain saw his career flourish under the stewardship of Moyes, who originally brought him to the Premier League with Everton. Having seen his former manager struggle to succeed at Manchester United, he was quick to advise him on his next career move.
Moyes was announced as Real Sociedad's new manager on Monday and is set to be unveiled on Thursday having agreed a contract until 2016. However, Arteta admits Moyes sought his advice before making the leap to La Liga.
“I gave him my opinion about la Real,” he told Cadena SER. “He’s a coach that likes to tighten the reigns, he’ll do well with the group. He demands a lot and works hard, he’s not what you’d call a ‘typical’ English manager that sits on the bench.
“He analyses a lot and he has a clear idea of how he wants his team to play.
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“There are things (like the language barrier or knowledge of Spanish football) that could have an adverse effect, but when he made the decision to come to Real Sociedad over the other offers he had, it’s because he sees their potential moving forward.”
Recovering from Manchester United
Moyes has spent six months unemployed after being sacked by Manchester United after less than a season in charge. He famously failed to steady a rocking ship at Old Trafford following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
As a result, it is no surprise to learn that Moyes had some doubts about moving to the continent. But Arteta believes San Sebastian will be the perfect place for Moyes to rebuild after his disastrous spell with the Red Devils.
He said: “If he’s not able to get the team moving forward from the start, it’s going to hurt him. I wish him the best, he’s a coach that can light a fire under a player and the player will fight to the death for him. He’s a coach that deserves it.”