As you have probably heard, David Moyes has recently been appointed as Real Sociedad head coach. The announcement seemed to come out of nowhere, but has the ex-Manchester United manager chosen the right club?
Moyes had a dismal time as Manchester United manager; the Scot was unable to last a whole season before he was given the boot by the Red Devils.
However, many people have realised the manager wasn't the problem, look at them now under a world-class coach like Louis van Gaal, they are worse off in the league than they were this time last season, with a hugely improved side, I may add.
Gamble for Real Sociedad
The abuse Moyes received has eased a little now and clubs have recently been looking at the ex-United manager as a potential target for the head coach position, but Real Sociedad got the Scot to put pen to paper before any other team.
It is a questionable decision, however, considering Moyes' time at Old Trafford. The man has been the victim of some serious world-wide abuse, so to hire such a targeted figure is a risk for the La Liga side.
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Nonetheless, Moyes had a great record prior to his move to Manchester, his time at Preston North End was impressive to say the least as he coached a troubled division two side and took them to the top end of division one.
Of course, his performances caught the eye of Merseyside club Everton and once again, his time at the Toffees was incredibly impressive, making the club the strong Premier League figure as we know it today, we can be sure Everton wouldn't be where they are now if it wasn't for the work of their ex-manager.
However, let's look to the present, Real Sociedad are a huge club in La Liga, even though their form seems to be slipping lately.
They finished in seventh place last season, which was a huge disappointment for the San Sebastian side considering they managed to qualify for the Champions League in the previous campaign; maybe the responsibilities that come with taking part in the most elite tournament in club football took its toll on Sociedad.
They are struggling so far this year as well, they sit 15th in the table and are finding it difficult to win consecutive games. Nonetheless, the Spanish side hold some brilliant talent within their ranks; Their key stars are Carlos Vela and Inigo Martinez, two special players that have plenty of time to develop under their new manager.
Man management was always considered one of Moyes' strong points, with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini flourishing during their time at Everton with the Scotsman.
I really do think that Sociedad is the right club for Moyes, a job in English football so soon after the United flop would have been career suicide for him, foreign football fans haven't dished out as much abuse and that's the way he would want to keep it.
Now, a new challenge faces David Moyes: a new country, a new league, a new style. Moyes may struggle to adapt to the ways of Spanish football, but he will certainly give it a shot.
I asked at the start if Moyes had chosen the right club, however, the question may well be; have the club chosen the right manager?
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