Real Sociedad have taken a huge gamble in appointing David Moyes as their new manager, but its one that could pay handsome dividend if the Scot can deliver the good in La Liga.
Moyes was finally confirmed as the head coach at struggling Sociedad earlier today, replacing the sacked Jagoba Arrasate.
Memories of his failed tenure at Manchester United are still fresh in our minds and fans and the media alike will be waiting to see how he copes with the demands of a different challenge altogether.
Moyes will also be keen to oversee the right changes in his backroom staff, something that effectively backfired in United.
Moyes will be treading on hardy ground and results will have to improve. Time is also not on his side and the one and half year contract means there's not too much room for error in terms of delivering quickly.
Securing survival the immediate priority
Sociedad's victory over reigning La Liga champions Atletico last weekend completed a double over the Madrid giants this season, their only two victories of the entire campaign.
Lying 15th in the league is not a pleasant position for a team that finished fourth two seasons ago. Moyes' work however will be made easier without the hawk eyed british press and the huge limelight as was with united. Moyes will also not be awestruck by huge expectations and the pressure will lie on him to get the supporters on his side by getting good results.
The international break represents a good time to take over, hopefully this will give him ample time to learn his youthful but talented squad and hit the ground running in the next fixtures.
Moyes has finally got the chance to prove his managerial wit and credentials remain in tact. After flirting with other vacant managerial jobs in recent he finally has decided on the Basque region and a different way of life in San Sebastian.
Similar challenge in new surroundings
His success at Everton should bode well, with Sociedad a club focused more on stability and consistency in much the same vein as the blue half of Merseyside.
Moyes can finally prove himself and hopefully Real Sociedad can qualify for Europe next term if results improve very quickly.
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