David Moyes is finding it touch sticking to his word at Real Sociedad – with early statements of intent coming back to haunt him this season.
The former Manchester United manager has now been at the Spanish club for 11 months, but currently has them in a worse position than when he found them.
He was brought in to replace Jagoba Arrasate after the first three months of the 2014/15 season had Sociedad lying 15th in the La Liga table.
Fast forward to now and Sociedad actually sit 16th – with their one win in the league their only victory in eight games this season.
As expected, his job is now under scrutiny with the weekend league clash away to Levante representing a must-win game.
But regardless of winning that one, he’ll still be under pressure for reneging on many his promises in his first 11 months at the club.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo have found seven of Moyes’ deadly sins since becoming Sociedad’s manager.
And it’s clear to see he’s not pulled through on the majority of them with the club heading for a relegation battle already:
“I want to build a team that fights for a European spot in 15/16.”
As mentioned, Sociedad are currently 16th in the La Liga table, sitting outside of the drop zone due to their better goal difference over 18th-placed Levante. Just eight games in, they’re seven points away from the first European spot and would need a drastic improvement in form to overturn that deficit and continue challenging all season.
“My philosophy is to win. If it’s in style, great. If not, it’s still great.”
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Did we mention they’ve won ONE game all season? Since January, they’ve played 39 games and only managed to win 10 of those. Regardless of style, Moyes is failing on that front.
“I want to immerse myself and plan on speaking the language quickly.”
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This was a press conference of his last week. Moyes needs a translator to understand questions and his answers all come in English. Whoever is tutoring him is taking their time.
THIS is about as good as Spanish gets for Moyes:
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“There will be changes in Zubieta [training ground]. Training is my strong point.”
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According to Mundo Deportivo, his sessions have been described as “antiquated”. In case you’re unfamiliar with that word, it means outdated or old fashioned. Hardly a ringing endorsement for his strong point.
“My ideal is to play attacking football and for people to be inspired.”
Sociedad have scored just seven goals in those eight league games this season, but have conceded nine. As for inspiring people – that should start with his players. Take Carlos Vela as an example, he’s yet to hit the net for his club this season. Five of the seven goals scored have come from star striker Imanol Agirretxe so god forbid anything happens to him. Remember he thought it was a good idea to sign Marouane Fellaini at Manchester United in the hope it could lead to better attacking football?
“We need to fight with Sevilla, Valencia, Athletic, Atlético & Villarreal.”
Atletico Madrid and Villarreal sit 10 points above Sociedad in the table already, while Valencia are six in front, Sevilla are three points ahead and Athletic Bilbao are two in front. It’s not a good start if those teams are your challengers.
“Hervías, Oyarzun, & Capilla will be in the first team.”
Pablo Hervias is a talented 22-year-old midfielder who Moyes obviously had high hopes for when joining the club. But after spending a one-month loan at Osasuna last term, he’s now appearing on loan for Real Oviedo. He’s made just four starts since Moyes joined the club.
As for Alain Oyarzun – a highly-rated youth academy winger – he’s had just 43 minutes of action in the Copa Del Rey against Oviedo last term, while Eneko Capilla has had just 11 minutes of first team action and that all came last season.
They’ve been used so sparingly we couldn’t even find pictures for them.