After former Manchester United and Everton boss wins only two matches out of 11 in woeful La Liga start
- Real Sociedad were beaten 2-0 by Las Palmas on Friday
- The defeat left the team with nine points from 11 league matches
- Moyes has been sacked 364 days after landing the job in La Liga
David Moyes was finally sacked by Real Sociedad on Monday afternoon after just a year in the job.
The former Manchester United manager knew his fate on Sunday night but Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay wanted to deliver the news face to face.
When Moyes’ flight back from Manchester to Bilbao was cancelled their meeting was put back, but former Barcelona youth team coach Eusebio Sacristan had already been lined up to take over until 2017.
David Moyes has been sacked by Real Sociedad after taking only nine points from the first 11 La Liga games
Moyes’ final match as Real Sociedad manager was on Friday against Las Palmas, which they lost 2-0
Moyes knew his fate on Sunday, but his flight back to Spain to be told the news was delayed
Moyes is due around €1.5million (£1m) in compensation after his mission to turn Real Sociedad back into a European force hit the buffers and he must now return to England knowing that he has already turned down a host of top opportunities to rejoin the Premier League.
Last season he was targeted by Sunderland, West Ham, Aston Villa and Newcastle but he decided to remain loyal to Aperribay.
Real Sociedad are understood to have lined up Eusebio two weeks ago but the club’s president wanted to give Moyes, who he fought hard to persuade to join the club last November, longer to improve results.
The team were beaten by relegation favourites Las Palmas on Friday night and Aperribay was put under pressure by fellow board members in a meeting on Saturday and finally caved in. The team had picked up just two wins all season.
Moyes took over last November and a wave of optimism swept through the club. Supporters were delighted to have a former Manchester United manager in charge and felt that several Premier League signings would inevitably follow.
Those big-name recruits never materialised. Moyes tried to convince Danny Ings to move to San Sebastian but in the end he opted to join Liverpool. Moyes was also unable to land targets Aaron Lennon and Joel Campbell. Mohamed Salah was another he was keen on who ended up going elsewhere.
Despite the failure to sign big names Real Sociedad still managed to beat Barcelona last January and took the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu. Moyes was also unbeaten in the two Basque derbies he took charge of.
But with expectations heightened by the fact that Real Sociedad had recently qualified for the Champions League, Moyes had further to fall when the reality of an average squad and his own problems with the language hit home.
Moyes shakes Lionel Messi’s hand after beating Barcelona 1-0 in La Liga last season
Moyes took Sociedad to 12th in the league during his first season but the club have started poorly this year
Moyes was appointed Sociedad manager on November 10, 2014 and 364 days later was sacked
Without the vocabulary to express himself, dressing room insiders say he took to ramming home the points he wanted to make by pointing at players as he was instructing them. This appears to have upset several of the more sensitive souls in the squad – a cultural difference that illustrates what a poor fit for the club he ultimately was.
The fixture list also played a part in the club’s decision to make a change. Moyes’ team had played the so-called easier sides and must now face Barcelona, Real Madrid, Villarreal, Valencia and Sevilla before the halfway point of the season.
They are theoretically five of the strongest six sides in the league and the feeling has been that a change now will give the side its best chance of not reaching the halfway point of the season in the bottom three.
Moyes put the miles in, travelling across the country and often seeing three games in one weekend to watch players and future opponents. He also seemed to have toughed Real Sociedad up and made them more difficult to score against.
His knack of working on defenders, improving them, and then watching them get international call-ups worked for Inigo Martinez, who was named in a recent Vicente del Bosque squad.
Inigo Martinez (right) benefited from working with Moyes, earning a call up to the Spanish national side
Moyes lived in a hotel in Sociedad during his time in Spain and did not find permanent accommodation
He was also popular with supporters at first. They took to his willingness to embrace the region and the club if not learn the language. But that fondness gradually waned as results got worse.
They also began to suspect he had no long-term plans to stay at the club. He was still living in the Maria Cristina hotel in the city and had not found permanent accommodation.
He will now vacate the suite at the spectacular five-star establishment overlooking the Atlantic Bay and head back to Scotland to plan his next move.
Source: Daily Mail