Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is on a shortlist of coaches being lined up to take over at La Liga side Real Sociedad, as the Spanish club agonise over whether to replace struggling tactician Jagoba Arrasate.
Moyes is looking for a return to football under the right conditions and has not been short of offers, despite a torrid 10 months at Old Trafford that definitely hurt the Scot's reputation as a manager on the rise.
Sociedad and a shock move to the Basque region could be just the chance a revitalised Moyes has been waiting for, with club president Jokin Aperribay admitting that he's already making plans to replace Arrasate unless he sees a dramatic improvement on terrible recent results.
Change of regime looks almost inevitable
Apperibay is quoted by The Mirror as telling Cadena Ser: "It is true that we are working on finding other alternatives and possibilities. I have spoken about that with the coach [Arrasate], who knows that already.
"A club in this situation looks at alternatives and possibilities in case things happen and situations get more difficult."
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Sociedad stuck in 16th place
One look at the La Liga table tells you exactly why Sociedad are considering drastic measures, with a side who made the Champions League group stages last season winning just one of their first nine domestic matches this term.
Sociedad were also knocked out of the Europa League in the qualifying round by Kuban Krasnodar and Anoeta chiefs are close to pulling the plug on Arrasate's 16-month tenure, with Cope reporting Moyes is a contender to step in as early next week if the fail to beat Malaga on Saturday night.
Coleman could offer advice to Moyes over decision
There's no question that Moyes would have to take a significant paycut on the £3.5million-a-year (roughly £67,000-a-week) wages he was handed to take charge at United, but a clean slate with a talented group of players in La Liga could be just the tonic for the ex-Everton supremo.
Moyes could do worse than call Wales coach Chris Coleman for advice on whether to consider Sociedad as his next big career move. Coleman was in charge of Sociedad for less than six months back in 2007, and although the Basque giants were a second division club back then he would still offer a unique perspective on the proposed post.
Steve McClaren managed to rebuild his reputation by getting the maximum from the chance to coach on the continent, perhaps Moyes can become the latest British manage to do the same and much sooner than expected.
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