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Published On: Fri, Nov 14th, 2014

Why I take Sociedad job – Moyes

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David Moyes has been unveiled as the new manager of Real Sociedad in a press conference in San Sebastian.

The former Manchester United and Everton manager was speaking to the press for the first time since it was announced he would be taking a job in Spain’s top division, and he revealed that he had received offers to continue managing in the Premier League.

‘To be completely fulfilled as a coach, you have to try different cultures. I’ve always wanted to work abroad.

‘I never had any doubt (that I would get back into football). I had several offers to manage in the Premier League.

‘But this is the opportunity to manage in La Liga. I think it has overtaken the PL because of the quality of the teams, getting regularly into the latter stages of the Champions League.’

When pressed for comment on which Premier League teams had offered him a route back into management, Moyes refused to comment, stating, ‘I would never do that. You know it’s not my style.’

David Moyes has signed an 18-month contract with Sociedad, a far cry from the initial six-year deal he was given at Old Trafford. With reports he was offered four years in Spain, questions were asked as to why he opted for the shorter contract.

‘I had the choice. The president gave me the opportunity. But I had a six year contract at United and I lasted nine months. So don’t get too caught up in the length of the contract. I don’t pay much attention to that.’

The Scotsman joins Real Sociedad with the club lagging in the lower echelons of La Liga, and Moyes explained the reasons for his decision to move to Spain.

‘What convinced me to come was the president,’ he explained. ‘He was fantastically passionate about his club. He told me how special it was. His love for the club was what pulled me here.

‘But this is a big challenge. It’s an opportunity to show British managers can go and work abroad. Hopefully I’m the first of many.’


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