Moyes’s So­ciedad reign ends in an­other sack­ing

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MADRID: Former Manch­ester United man­ager David Moyes was sacked by Real So­ciedad yes­ter­day af­ter a tur­bu­lent year in charge dur­ing which he failed to turn around the Basque side’s for­tunes.

“Real So­ciedad have de­cided to can­cel the con­tract of first team coach David Moyes,” a club state­ment an­nounced. “The club wish to thank him ... for all he brought to the club, his pro­fes­sion­al­ism and his ded­i­ca­tion in car­ry­ing out his du­ties.”

Span­ish press re­ports in­di­cate that former Barcelona re­serve team coach Euse­bio Sacristan is favourite to suc­ceed Moyes. Moyes took charge of the San Se­bas­tian out­fit last Novem­ber, just seven months af­ter be­ing fired by United af­ter for over­see­ing a dis­as­trous de­but cam­paign fol­low­ing the retirement of club leg­end Sir Alex Fer­gu­son as United fin­ished out­side the top four in the Pre­mier League for the first time in 24 years.

How­ever, Fri­day’s 2-0 de­feat at newly-pro­moted Las Pal­mas left So­ciedad above the rel­e­ga­tion zone only on goal dif­fer­ence with just nine points from their first 11 games, ex­actly the same sit­u­a­tion they were in when Moyes was hired 364 days ago.

Moyes’s con­tract was due to run un­til the end of the sea­son, but, de­spite be­ing a per­sonal favourite of pres­i­dent Jokin Aper­ribay, the pres­sure from fans and lo­cal me­dia was too much to bear for those in charge of the club.

Above all, Moyes was crit­i­cised for his fail­ure to adopt to the Span­ish style of play and master the lan­guage. The 52-year-old reg­u­larly com­plained about the way games are ref­er­eed in Spain dur­ing press con­fer­ences he al­ways gave in English.

There had been mo­ments of prom­ise early in Moyes’s reign as he dragged an un­der-per­form­ing squad away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone. A 1-0 win over a Barcelona that would go on to win the tre­ble a few months later in Jan­uary was un­doubt­edly the high­light.

Yet, a sea­son that be­gan with plenty of op­ti­mism af­ter the re­turn of mid­fielder Asier Il­lar­ra­mendi to the club from Real Madrid for 17.5 mil­lion eu­ros ($18.8 mil­lion, £12.5 mil­lion) has been a huge dis­ap­point­ment.

Moyes’s men man­aged just two vic­to­ries, against the league’s bot­tom two sides Granada and Le­vante, and with the daunt­ing task of Sevilla and Barcelona to come af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break, a change at the helm be­came in­evitable. —AFP

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