Three reasons why ex-Man United boss David Moyes will be Sociedad success

Three reasons why former Manchester United boss David Moyes will be a success at Sociedad

By Tom Wellman

A club the relative size of Everton is perfect for Moyes

As was seen during his spell at Manchester United, David Moyes clearly failed to cope with the demands of managing a club expected to win every week. The pressure took its toll on Moyes, as was apparent when the Scotsman spoke in front of the cameras, with a dilapidated facial expression by the end of his tenure. However, his move to Sociedad could reinvigorate what was once one of the most promising managerial talents in Britain. Sociedad are no giants, having lived well in the shadows of Athletic Bilbao for decades, but do have bright aspirations. Champions League qualification was incredible, an overachievement by a previous manager, but now the club has more modest expectations since losing key personnel. Sociedad made the Europa League qualifiers this season, and are the sort of club capable of finishing in the top seven each season, just as Moyes did with Everton for so long.

He’ll steer them well clear of danger

In order to satisfy the British media and some unconvinced supporters, Moyes will surely be eyeing a top-six finish this season, despite Sociedad’s tricky start. It is better to be ambitious than realistic in these situations, but Moyes will undoubtedly be looking to steer Sociedad away from the bottom three as quickly as he can. From there, a European finish would be fantastic, though in his debut season managing in Spain, mid-table would be satisfactory. This will then give himself, his players and fans confidence going into his first full season, when the pressure will be even greater. By then, Moyes will have come to terms with La Liga and his squad, who are more than talented enough to be a top-half team. Time is on Moyes’ side, and if he managed the easy task of consolidating Sociedad’s position in the region of 7th-14th, he will thrive. A derby win over Bilbao wouldn’t do him any harm either (though his Merseyside derby record isn’t great!).

Working abroad helped McLaren rebuild his reputation

A fervent British media might stalk Moyes during his first few weeks as manager, but they will soon depart as he settles into life in northern Spain. This will be beneficial to Moyes, who had a tricky time explaining to the media why United had lost last season. A prime example of making a new life abroad is Steve McLaren, whose Derby side are capable of finishing 10th in the Premier League this season. The former England boss succeeded at Twente, though didn’t fare so well in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg, but came back to England a stronger manager with an enhanced reputation. Moyes will be looking for an identical effect, though he can take comfort in the fact that he’ll be given a newfound respect with Sociedad.

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