Why taking up the helm at Real Sociedad is the right move for David Moyes

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The former Manchester United and Everton boss has chosen his route back into management carefully by opting for La Liga side Real Sociedad - and it may prove to be a shrewd one.

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes has chosen a route away from the British Isles to get back into management by taking over at Real Sociedad.

It's an interesting move and a possibly good one for the Scot who endured a torrid time succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford last season, where he was at the helm for the best part of a campaign that saw United produce their worst league campaign in the Premier League era, coming up with no silverware, and leaving them without European football for this season as they finished in seventh place.

That is the first reason why it is a good move for Moyes. Though the coverage of the Spanish league is widespread, the next move after a terrible reign at one of the most well publicised and exposed clubs on the planet was always going to be a big one. But it had to be relatively low key. Sociedad are not expected to win honours and sweep all before them like United were, nor will they attract the worldwide press coverage. 

Then with a move away from Britain, there is a chance for him to slip under the radar somewhat as he tries to rebuild his career and reputation that took a hit during his time at Manchester United. He was linked with a move to Celtic, with some even suggesting that he could have been a good replacement for Alan Pardew at Newcastle United when the Magpies boss was under increasing pressure on Tyneside. 

But both potential moves would have carried the United baggage with it. He was still going to incredibly well-supported, well-known, and well-covered clubs within the UK - every bad result was likely to be compared to the dark days of Old Trafford for him. 

Time away in a different country is likely to soften any reminders, if he achieves something commendable during his period in Northern Spain especially. 

Then there is the club of Real Sociedad itself. Moyes is commended for the job he did at Goodison Park at Everton, where he took a side that was looking over its shoulder nervously towards the relegation zone, and made them a side that was capable of challenging for European places on a consistent basis, with good academy products at his disposal.

Now he may not have won any silverware on Merseyside, despite coming close when he led Everton to the FA Cup final in 2009, but he provided a solid base for his successor Roberto Martinez to build from.

The similarities with Sociedad are there to see. Their La Liga position is precarious but they are a club with potential having participated in last season's Champions League, a competition which Moyes seem to do well in and admited he enjoyed at Old Trafford.

The 18-month deal, however, suggests times isn't quite on the side of Moyes but there is the opportunity this term to lead the side into the top half, and give the club something to build on. Nobody is expecting him to challenge the elite of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid during his time there unlike in his last job, and for that reason he doesn't face so much of an uphill struggle. 

It presents a good opportunity for him to rebuild his reputation, learn more about the game, and bring himself success which would ram some words down some of his critics' throats.

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