So, it’s almost official: David Moyes is to be sacked by La Liga side Real Sociedad after almost exactly a year in charge of the Spanish club.
According to Sky Sports’ Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague, the team from San Sebastian have became disillusioned with Moyes and his under-performing stars after they won just two of their first 11 La Liga matches this season.
Friday’s 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Las Palmas was the final straw, and the former Everton and Manchester United manager will be shown the door on Sunday night after returning from a trip to England.
It isn’t even 18 months since Moyes was sacked by the Red Devils themselves, after a disastrous spell at Old Trafford.
Balague told Sky Sports: “He is currently flying from Manchester to San Sebastian, and when he gets there, he will meet the board of directors and certainly the chairman, and he will be sacked
“That is something that perhaps he will not expect because this morning he said he was prepared to fight for his position and thought he had enough arguments to be able to help the team keep performing.
“And actually he has been 38 games in charge, which is more or less a full season, and won 46 points, which is not terrible and certainly not a sacking offence.
But the problem is the expectations. When you bring someone like David Moyes to Real Sociedad, they expect them to do much more than 29% win.
“Sociedad had to ask what kind of manager they were looking for, and did they get it. The only one defending him and saying we had the man we want was the chairman.
“But he felt the pressure, finally, especially after the Las Palmas defeat.”
As you’d expect from football fans, Twitter was awash with sympathy for Moyes…well, sort of…
Dear o dear, it's been all down hill for David Moyes since he left Everton.
— The Keep Onside Show (@keeponsideshow) November 8, 2015
David Moyes to Chelsea would be hilarious.
— Johan (@JohtbaG) November 8, 2015
@Raviosoo I'd rather get relegated with Mourinho in the Championship than to have David Moyes.
— . (@MrAkintan) November 8, 2015
David moyes is a football genius
— Callum Rogerson (@CalRogerson) November 8, 2015
David Moyes sacked after a promising start last season. Was always difficult to see his style working in Spain. Should try Scotland.
— Paul Marsh (@PaulSwampyMarsh) November 8, 2015
#MUFC legend, David Moyes, set to e sacked by Sociedad for being an absolutely shite manager
— Greenstien (@Fan_of_LFC) November 8, 2015
Poor David Moyes
— Sammy Korc (@sammykorc511) November 8, 2015
— Alex Goring Crook (@alex_crook) November 8, 2015
Feel bad for David Moyes. Imagine going home to your family and they know you have been fired. Tsk. We should have let him stay at Everton
— K I N G (@caesarcognac) November 8, 2015
So David moyes is getting the hook at sociadad, be interesting to see where his next gig is, did wonders at Everton, got hung out at utd.
— joe sweeney (@joesweeney4) November 8, 2015
Hats off to David Moyes for going out and proving his own point…. pic.twitter.com/chnqQ6gzix
— Adam Bennett (@adbennoEFC) November 8, 2015
Reports are coming out that David Moyes has been sacked by Real Sociedad. Let's remember that time he spoke Spanish. https://t.co/Z336KjrSQD
— William Hill Betting (@WillHillBet) November 8, 2015
@molliebennett sorry for david moyes a good man hope he gets a job in the prem
— chris keogh (@chriskeogh39) November 8, 2015
I can see David Moyes being offered the Newcastle job.
— Charlie says.. (@jonmikesav8) November 8, 2015
David Moyes will still get a Premiership job easily. Laughable. He should be in the championship at best.
— Humza (@Humza_lfc) November 8, 2015
David Moyes thisclose from getting the ax at Real Sociedad. My inside sources tell me he's been in contact with NYCFC.
— gene (@gene14800846) November 8, 2015
Is David moyes just a bit shit then yeah. I think he might just be a bit wank
— Greg (@gregfletcher4) November 8, 2015
This will be the second time in a row that the press knows David Moyes will be sacked before David Moyes himself knows he will be sacked
— Padriag Connolly (@padraigconno) November 8, 2015
David Moyes the sacked one.
— Kenneth Korneliussen (@Kennkorn) November 8, 2015
Fantastic, 2nd of hopefully many sackings for the horrible prick #DavidMoyes
— wappo1878 (@wappo1878) November 8, 2015
I wonder just how much David Moyes wishes he would've just stayed at Everton.
— Phil (@CodgerRogers) November 8, 2015
The saddest thing about David Moyes being sacked (soon) is that some chairman in the UK will befooled into giving him a job.
— Craig (@zootcadillac) November 8, 2015
David Moyes for the Celtic job?
— Joe Perkins (@Perky1106) November 8, 2015