Sociedad spell could make or break David Moyes’ career

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He became the butt of many a joke following his disastrous spell as Manchester United boss, but now David Moyes is back, this time in a more tropical climate than the north-west of England.

The Scot has been unveiled as the new boss of Real Sociedad, with the club continuing their penchant for British managers, after John Toshack and Chris Coleman enjoyed spells in Basque country.

But with Erreala I La Real languishing inrelegation zone, could Moyes’ career meltdown continue in Spain?

The latest in Ladbrokes’ Breaking Bets series sees the bookmaker offer the price of 25/1 that the former Everton boss condemns his new side to the Segunda Division this season.

However, despite the acrimonious way he ended his reign at Old Trafford, there are signs that this could be just the ticket for the 51-year-old to get his career back on track.

Moyes’ spell at Everton was what got him the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson in the first place, with his ability to work well with a limited budget.

And in his new club, he could have a similar project.

Comparisons have been drawn to the Toffees, with Sociedad playing out the role of a solid, upper-mid table side that is just lacking the financial clout to trouble those in the upper echelons of Spanish football.

While the pressure of taking over the most successful English club around may have got to Moyes’ head, this kind of role could be right up his street.

Second chances are something that has been seen a number of times at Anoeta Stadium, with Carlos Vela putting a troublesome spell coming through the Arsenal youth ranks behind him to net 42 goals in 117 appearances for the club.

Nevertheless, while there are good points Moyes can take, he better be quick getting that Spanish phrasebook out if he is to triumph on the continent.

Now, what’s Spanish for “no chips allowed”?

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Ben Stones

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