Ex-Manchester United boss feels 2014-15 season is worst Premier League in years

David Moyes

Real Sociedad manager David Moyes criticised the Premier League's exorbitant spending habits, stating La Liga clubs spend less and go further in Europe.

Real Sociedad manager David Moyes recently criticised the English Premier League's exorbitant spending habits, stating that La Liga clubs spend far less and go further in European competition.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Moyes, one year removed from his unsuccessful stint at the helm of Manchester United following his long career as manager of Everton, has a new outsider's perspective and believes that the Premier League is a bit overrated.

He said: "Maybe we have talked up the Premier League more than we should."

The 51-year-old went on to criticise the spending habits of England's elite, stating that clubs like Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Valencia in the past and Villarreal have all found consistent European success while working on a fraction of the budget of English clubs, suggesting that buying the best players and putting them on one team isn't the way to achieve success.

"Of course, the top clubs in Spain spend a lot, but the other teams can't,” he said.

"Atletico [Madrid] have had financial difficulties over the years but they have still reached finals. Valencia, Villarreal, they have got quite far in the Europa League."

Moyes came back to his original statement and stated that while it may ruffle a few feathers, this season is the worst Premier League he's seen in a long time.

He added: "So maybe we do go over the top about our league. This year it is probably the poorest Premier League I've seen in a long time."

The Scot concluded by urging other British managers to step out of their comfort zone and manage teams abroad, as he believes that British managers are just as good as the ones clubs are bringing in from other countries.

"We import an awful lot of foreign managers but we don't export enough, yet I think British managers are as good as those in any country,” he said.

Moyes signed a two-year contract with Real Sociedad following the Basque club's sacking of former manager Jagoba Arrasate and despite the club's inconsistent results following the loss of star striker Carlos Vela, Moyes has become a fan favourite at Anoeta this season after securing wins over Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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