Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Moyes Sacked After Less Than A Year Again

Former Manchester United and Everton manager has been dismissed by La Liga club the day before his first anniversary in charge at the Anoeta 

David Moyes has been sacked by Real Sociedad after overseeing only 12 wins during almost exactly a year as the club’s manager.

The former Everton and Manchester United manager has turned down several opportunities to return to the Premier League since joining Sociedad but, after flying back to Bilbao from Manchester at the start of the week, he was personally informed of his dismissal by club president Jokin Aperribay.

His last match was a 2-0 loss against Las Palmas on Friday night that has left Sociedad level on points with the relegation zone of La Liga following only two wins in 11 league matches this season.
It means that, after spending 15 seasons at Preston and Everton between 1998 and 2013, Moyes has lasted less than a year in each of his two subsequent jobs before being sacked. Just as at United, the abrupt ending has come as a major disappointment and surprise, with Moyes clearly confident of fighting on immediately after Friday’s defeat.
He said then that he intended to stay until at least the end of the season and was adamant that he was not worried by the situation. "I'm used to it,” he said. “The season is long and I have faith in the players. They have to do better, and so do I."

Events, however, were to move quickly out of his control. While Moyes had returned for the weekend to England, Aperribay was being persuaded by the other directors that it was time to make a change.
Former Spain midfielder Eusebio Sacristan has already been lined up to replace Moyes with a contract until 2017 after recently leaving Barcelona following four years in charge of the club's B team.

Moyes’ contract was due to expire next summer and, after earning around £7million during his 10-month spell at Manchester United, he is now expected to receive compensation from Sociedad of around £1 million.

It was not so much Friday’s result that finished Moyes, according to sources in the Spain, but the manner of the defeat and the wider suspicion that the players were no longer performing for their manager.

There was also a feeling that Moyes had been well backed by the club in the transfer market following the summer arrivals of Asier Illarramendi, Jonathas, Bruma and Geronimo Rulli.



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