David Moyes to name former Watford and Fulham coach Billy McKinlay as Real Sociedad assistant manager

David Moyes

David Moyes will name Billy McKinlay as his assistant manager at Real Sociedad.

Moyes took charge of the La Liga club Sociedad during the international break, leading La Real to a 0-0 draw with fellow relegation strugglers Deportivo in his first game in charge.

He has yet to appoint any members to his backroom staff, but with a week between fixtures the former Manchester United and Everton boss has been working on finding the men capable to help lead his side, and it has reportedly been agreed for Billy McKinlay to step into the role of assistant manager at Anoeta.

As reported by El Diario Vasco, former Scottish international McKinlay arrived in San Sebastian on Tuesday and was present as Moyes oversaw training on Wednesday. It is likely he will be announced as part of Moyes’s backroom staff prior to Friday’s fixture with Elche.

McKinlay is best known in England for his spells with Fulham and Watford. He spent six years as the Cottagers’ first-team coach, taking a dual-role in 2012 by becoming Northern Ireland’s assistant manager. He left Craven Cottage in December 2013 following Martin Jol’s departure from the club, choosing to focus all his duties on his international role.

Less than a year later, McKinlay was back in club football, having been appointed Oscar Garcia’s assistant at Championship side Watford. However, the Spaniard resigned just a few days later due to ill health, and McKinlay was named as head coach after less than a week at the club. He relinquished his role with Northern Ireland to focus upon club duties, but he was out of a job just eight days later, as the Hornets replaced the 45-year-old with Slavisa Jokanovic. He had taken charge of two matches during his spell at Vicarage Road, winning one and drawing one.

Despite his short spell in Hertfordshire, McKinlay is well respected as a first-team coach in English football, and Moyes should be applauded for his appointment of his fellow Scotsman.

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