David Moyes became a laughing stock whilst at Manchester United but quickly repaired the damage with a stunning victory over Barcelona on his managerial debut at Real Sociedad.
Although it could well have been all downhill from that point, Moyes has fared well in his first campaign in La Liga.
Six losses in all competitions in his first half-season to this point isn't particularly bad along with seven wins and eight draws.
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No, he hasn't set the world alight but given the situation he found himself in upon taking over, he has done the job he was brought in to do.
Premier League return
There is no suggestion that his paymasters in San Sebastian are in any way unhappy, however rumours are flying that West Ham United are about to offer the Scot a route back into the Premier League.
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Andy Dunn of the Daily Mirror in particular says that Moyes is "almost certain" to join the Hammers ahead of their last season at Upton Park.
Reading between the lines it can only be because of a certain homesickness for either Moyes or his family that would precipitate any move back to England.
Why else would you spend barely six months in a job that no one wants to sack you from and that you are actually making a reasonable go of?
The attraction of, perhaps, getting West Ham into Europe in time for their first season in the Olympic Stadium is acknowledged, but is no different that restoring La Real to a force in La Liga.
He has a group of players at Sociedad that are capable, with one or two additions, to be pushing for a Europa League place next season. That is arguably the best the Hammers can hope for too.
Has the Scots' mind been turned by the promise of vast personal and professional riches? A transfer war chest, and a tidy sum in his back pocket...
Perhaps Moyes feels that there is unfinished business in the Premier League. That he needs to remind people of his time at Everton rather than have them ridicule him for his failure at the Red Devils.
Lack of ambition
Even if that is the case, why take a job abroad in the first place?
There will always be jobs within football management for people such as David Moyes, so why not have a few months sabbatical and wait until the right opportunity to come along?
If anything, moving back to the Premier League shows a lack of ambition on Moyes' part.