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End of the road for David Moyes at Real Sociedad

End of the road for David Moyes at Real Sociedad

Carlos Diaz-Recio


The 52-year-old was handed his notice following a board meeting held on Sunday night. Friday’s defeat to Las Palmas sealed his fate.

Real Sociedad announced on Monday that David Moyes has been sacked from his role as first team coach – almost one year to the day when he was appointed by the San Sebastián-based club.

"Real Sociedad has taken the decision to rescind the contract of first team coach David Moyes. His assistant, Billy McKinlay, has also been relieved from his position at the club. Real Sociedad would like to thank David Moyes and Billy McKinlay for the professional conduct, commitment and dedication which they showed during their roles in the running of the first team; at the same time, we would like to wish them all the best in their future ventures, both professional and personal," a statement on the Real Sociedad official website on Monday read. 

former Celta and Barcelona B Eusebio Sacristán is expected to be unveiled as Moyes' replacement on Tuesday.

A board meeting was called on Sunday evening, when Moyes’ future was discussed. Board members felt that Moyes’ time at the club had run its course and Friday’s 2-0 defeat at Las Palmas made his situation unjustifiable for club officials. La Real were only spared dropping into the relegation zone through goal distance – they sit 16th on nine points from 11 games, having suffered defeats to Betis, Espanyol, Málaga, Atlético and Celta. Other results, including goalless draws against Deportivo and recently-promoted Sporting aggravated his situation, but worse was the team’s home form at Anoeta where they have yet to win this season. Even Moyes himself would have expected the team to be better-placed after a relatively accessible start to the campaign – now the Basque side has an extremely tough run coming up, with meetings against Sevilla, Barcelona and Eibar before a visit to the Bernabéu in the final week of the year.

Another sore point with directors was the team’s inefficiency in front of goal – La Real’s tally of 12 goals is by no means the worst in the table but less than expected, especially from Jonathas who, along with Asier Illarramendi was one of the star summer signings but has only contributed one goal in eight outings.

Moyes took a flight to the UK immediately after Friday’s game and seemed resigned to his fate; he returned to San Sebastián from Manchester to meet with club president Jokin Aperribay. The club has yet to announce a replacement and Sanse coach Asier Santana will take charge of first-team training in the interim.

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