David Moyes will be officially unveiled as Real Sociedad’s new coach today, seven months after being sacked by Manchester United following a dismal first season in charge.
Moyes has agreed a one-and-a-half-year deal with the La Liga outfit and his new club tweeted a picture of the Scot following his arrival in the coastal city with the message: “David Moyes has arrived in San Sebastian! #WelcomeMoyes.”
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has backed his former Everton boss to be a success at Sociedad.
Arteta, who played under Moyes for six years at Everton and also spent a season with Sociedad, said: “I am aware that Moyes has reflected after what happened to him in Manchester and he will know what he has to change.
“A manager that succeeded 10 years at Everton, but whose 10-month stay at United didn’t go to plan, does not forget how to coach.
“I have spoken to him (Moyes) and I have told him that he is going to a marvellous place.
“He is going to find a club that in many aspects resembles Everton.
“It’s like a family and with a group of players that are currently in a lower position that they deserve to be in.”
Arteta played for Sociedad during the 2004-05 campaign before moving to Goodison Park and believes the club’s players will enjoy working with Moyes.
“David has a lot of personality,” the 32-year-old said. “His teams always have to take the initiative.
“He likes to maintain a very united group and he gives a lot of importance to it.”
The 51-year-old, who inherits a Real Sociedad side that sit 15th in La Liga, is looking to rebuild a reputation damaged by his disappointing spell at Old Trafford.
United midfielder Michael Carrick is pleased to see his former boss back in management. “I am pleased to see him back in the game,” the midfielder said. “I wish him all the best.
“I hope it goes great for him over there. It’s a new challenge for him. He has proven his track record over the years. Fair enough, he will be frustrated with how things went last year, as we all were, but I am sure he will bounce back.
“It’s a new challenge for him. Hopefully he can do well.”
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