Tim Sherwood has revealed that he took Spanish lessons while he was at Tottenham Hotspur.
The 45-year-old wrote in The Independent: “During my time at Tottenham I organised Spanish lessons for myself, and my coaches Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey.
“For our Spanish teacher, I am not sure it was the most gifted class she has ever taught but at least we tried very hard.
“We felt it was important because the club had so many Spanish-speaking players. We learnt some key football words, although we are a long way from being fluent.”
Sherwood reflected on his personal attempts to try to learn a new language while explaining how important it will be for David Moyes in Spain.
Former Everton and Manchester United manager Moyes has been appointed as the new coach of La Liga outfit Real Sociedad, and Sherwood believes that the Scot could struggle with the language barrier.
“The language barrier will be a problem for David, and that is often what holds British coaches back from managing in countries like Spain, where there is little English spoken,” explained Sherwood.
“Obviously, that is hardest when you are on the training pitch. The only way to communicate is to be ultra-thorough, to stop play and move players around. It means getting a lot of eye contact and a real intensity about how you work.”
One suspects that Moyes knows the problem he will face at Sociedad, and one would like to think that he is taking necessary steps to learn the local language as quickly as possible.