Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has been sacked by Real Sociedad after 364 days at the club.
Moyes did well in his first season with La Real, beating eventual champions Barcelona 1-0 and reaching the Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League.
Taking over in November 2014, Moyes lifted Sociedad to 12th by the end of the season.
However, while highlights came in the 2014/15 season, the overall campaign was not incredible. The win over Barcelona was a great moment for the club, but the team did not progress and Moyes failed to learn Spanish and many La Liga journalists suggest that La Real have not, in fact, moved on as a club since Moyes took over.
Real Sociedad released a statement on Monday afternoon that the club “has decided to terminate the contract of first-team coach David Moyes” while “his assistant Billy McKinlay has also left the club”.
Sociedad “wants to thank both David Moyes and Billy McKinlay for their entire contribution, and the professionalism and dedication they have shown.” The club is “wishing them the best for their futures.”
The news means that success has not arrived for Moyes since he was sacked by Man United in April 2014 after just nine months in charge. While his time at Old Trafford is a blotch in the grand recent history of the club, many United fans will be disappointed to see Moyes fail to succeed. He was a fantastic manager at Everton and built up the club to a stable top eight Premier League side, although he could not take them further than that.
There are currently no opportunities for Moyes in the Premier League, but Garry Monk’s future at Swansea City is uncertain so the former United man may have a job prospect soon.