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David Moyes Turned Down Job Offers to Stay at Real Sociedad

David Moyes Turned Down Job Offers to Stay at Real Sociedad

David Moyes insists he knocked back a number of other job offers to stay at Real Sociedad – only to be sacked months later.

The Scottish boss was last week given the boot by Real Sociedad following a difficult start to the season, which saw his side pick up just two wins in 11 games.

He lasted just a year in Sociedad and has now given his thoughts on his time with the club.

According to Moyes, the experience of working in Spain helped him learn a lot, but he is disappointed not to have been given a chance to continue the job he started.

And he claims to have knocked back a number of jobs earlier this year to stay at the Anoeta – only to be axed three months into the new campaign.

In Moyes’ statement via the LMA, he said: “I am disappointed to have left Real Sociedad. When I accepted the job as manager of La Real last November, my remit was to avoid relegation and retain the club’s La Liga status.

“We succeeded in attaining that target and finished 12th in the table. I feel that we made significant progress last season; beating Barcelona in front of our home fans was a memorable highlight.

“Despite some positive performances from our team, results have not gone our way in recent weeks. However, I was confident we would finish in a strong position by the end of the season.

“I made a firm promise to Real Sociedad to honour my contract and it is disappointing not to be able to fulfil this commitment especially when I have turned down a number of job opportunities in recent months.

“After spending 12 years in the Premier League as manager of Everton and Manchester United, I was keen to take the opportunity to work abroad and have learned a great deal from the experience.

“I would like to thank the club and the President for giving me the opportunity to manage in Spain, at a club with such a rich history of employing British Managers. I would also like to thank the players, staff and my assistant, Billy McKinlay, for their support and the wonderful people of San Sebastian.

“It has been a pleasure to work in their beautiful city and immerse myself in their culture. Their warmth and generosity has made me feel very at home over the last year.”

There was talk over the summer about Moyes taking the West Ham job before it was given to Slaven Bilic and he was also mentioned for the Newcastle job before Steve McClaren got the nod.

Now he’s on the lookout for his next move – but made no mention of when and where he would be heading in the future.

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