David Moyes has endured a pretty tough time of it recently. And that's being gracious to the many thousands that took to social media and in print to decry the appointment of the Scot at Manchester United.
Whilst in hindsight the top job at the Theatre of Dreams was indeed "too big" for him, the fact remains that he was never given a chance to impose his will.
David Moyes isn't a bad manager. His Everton sides were renowned for being hard to beat, combative and energetic.
It was his ability to get the best out of his players that tempted Sir Alex Ferguson into recommending him to the board.
Perhaps Moyes would've been better served taking the job after someone else had stepped into the breach at Old Trafford, because it was a poisoned chalice for anyone that had to follow in the footsteps of United's greatest ever manager.
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His ghost still hangs around Old Trafford even now, bearing down on Louis Van Gaal from the stands. Fortunately the Dutchman has a little more strength of character than Moyes, but his struggles tell you all you need to know about how hard an act Sir Alex is to follow.
But we digress.
Moyes has taken yet another brave decision by trying his luck abroad, with Real Sociedad of La Liga the recipient of his services.
It says much about how impressive a character Moyes is, that La Real took him above Pepe Mel, a Spaniard who has an innate knowledge of what it takes to survive in the Spanish league.
Away from the full glare of the English media, Moyes in many respects can, but won't, relax.
Point to prove
He has a point to prove, perhaps to himself again as much as anyone else, and he's started his tenure in San Sebastian in the best possible way.
A 0-0 draw away at Deportivo la Coruna was followed by a super home debut where a Carlos Vela inspired Sociedad took Elche to the cleaners by 3-0.
It was the club's first two clean sheets of the season and says much about how quickly Moyes has begun to assert his ideas.
Restoring his reputation in Spain?
In the same way that Steve McClaren repaired his image following a stint in Holland, Moyes can restore his battered reputation by having a successful campaign in Spain.
If his first 10 days in the job are anything to go by, then Moyes will return to England in triumph whenever he chooses so to do.
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