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Monday Evening Ticker: Moyes named Sociedad coach; Dzeko to miss Bosnia Euro qualifier with injury; and more

Manchester United manager David Moyes


Half a year after being unceremoniously sacked by Manchester United, David Moyes has a new coaching job.

Real Sociedad has hired Moyes to coach the La Liga side on 1.5 year deal, the club confirmed late Monday.

“Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with David Moyes, who has been appointed coach of the first team until June, 30 2016,” Monday’s brief statement said. “Details about the official presentation of Real Sociedad’s new coach and who will form part of his technical team will be published tomorrow morning.”

Moyes is expected to coach his first match for Sociedad on Nov. 22 against Deportivo.

His first order of business, it seems, will be helping Sociedad recover from a poor start to their season. They fired coach Jagoba Arrasate last week after he managed just one win in the team’s first 10 league games of the season.

In April, Moyes was on the receiving end of a coaching change after he led Manchester United through one of their worst campaigns in club history. The club sat in seventh place of Premier League as defending champions when Moyes was ousted.

Here are some more news items to cap off Monday night:


Just four minutes into his start against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, Edin Dzeko had to be subbed out for Manchester City.

Now, it appears that Dzeko suffered a calf injury and will be out for as long as three weeks, according to Bosnia-Herzegovina. That means he will miss Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Euro Cup qualifier against Israel on Sunday.

“The injury is very serious and requires some recovery time, which unfortunately rules out the prospect of a swift return to action,” said Bosnia-Herzegovina team doctor Reuf Karabeg in a statement on the team’s website.

The injury may also rule him out for upcoming Premier League matches against Swansea and Southampton, plus a home game hosting Bayern Munich in the Champions League at the end of the month.


Oscar should remain at Stamford Bridge for quite a while.

Chelsea announced Monday they had signed the Brazilian midfielder to a contract extension through 2019.

“I am so happy because I love playing for Chelsea and living in England,” Oscar said in a statement. “I have enjoyed playing here for two years, and now I have five more, so I am very happy.”

Oscar, 23, joined Chelsea in 2012 and has certainly made an impression since then. He has started this season well, scoring three goals and setting up two others in the Premier League, where Chelsea is undefeated and sits on top, a full four points above the rest of the table.


What do you think of this news? How do you think Moyes will do with Sociedad? What do you think of Dzeko’s absence for Bosnia and Manchester City?

Share your thoughts below.


    • Really? I hope that was sarcasm. He should pass up Real Sociedad and La Liga for Toronto FC in MLS because you think that is better for building his reputation?????

      • How does get pummeled in La Liga help his reputation?

        Moyes doesn’t speak Spanish…or if he does, it’s real bad, bad Spanish. When your strength is being a man-manager – and his is – it’s kind of hard to establish a rapport and build a real tightknit group of guys when you can’t actually talk to them.

        There are certain kinds of managers you need when you’re in a club threatened by relegation. Getting some foreigner who doesn’t know your league, doesn’t know your history, doesn’t know your players, and can’t even talk to you is rarely the way to go. Sociedad has 9 points from 11 matches and is tied for points with teams in the relegation zone; Moyes has zero time to adjust and zero time to acclimate.

        Personally I agree Toronto FC would have been his dream job. Toronto has big money and big ambitions; they’ve just been a clown shown as far a coaching and he’s the sort of coach who always does very well with a small squad, which is a necessity in MLS where depth is at such a premium, and where he could quietly build the structure and stability that franchise has sorely lacked without worrying much about politics or showmanship, which was his undoing at Manchester United.

      • TFC has been a clown shown, organizationally, their ENTIRE history. They have NEVER made the playoffs. They have ALWAYS finished near the bottom of the MLS. It’s too bad because they have a great fanbase. I seriously doubt one man can change an organizational issue. If he can, I think he would get more credit taking Real Sociedad from relegation threatened to safely mid-table in La Liga than making TFC a playoff team. You forget that Real Sociedad finished 6/7th last year (and 4th the year before – they have a solid history). That would open A LOT more doors than making TFC a winning team.

        On your other points, going from English to Spanish is not that hard especially if you live in the area where it’s spoken. San Sebastien is a cool place with unique Basque culture on the border of Spain and France (and I like Canada Montreal more so bu Toronto is fun as well). Teams usually hire football translators to help foreign language coaches and he would not be the first non-Spanish speaking coach they have had.

        Moyes reputation took a hit, but he was never seen as someone who won big trophies. He was a mid to upper table team even with a small budget with a somewhat conservative side. I would actually think his reputation improved since the Man Utd debacle seeing Van Gaal spent 200-250 million is currently doing worse than David Moyes did (and Van Gaal is a great coach).

      • “There are certain kinds of managers you need when you’re in a club threatened by relegation. Getting some foreigner who doesn’t know your league, doesn’t know your history, doesn’t know your players, and can’t even talk to you is rarely the way to go. Sociedad has 9 points from 11 matches and is tied for points with teams in the relegation zone; Moyes has zero time to adjust and zero time to acclimate.”

        In case you did not know, Moyes does not know MLS or TFC’s history or players either. I am willing to bet that he knows more about Le Liga and Real Sociedad than MLS. They are tied in points with a team in relegation and sit in 15th based on goal differential (they’re 11th on goal difference), but only 3 points from 11th, 6 points from 8th. They have potential: they beat Real Madrid, Altetic Madrid and tied Celta Vigo this season, so far and had a VERY tough start (they have played 6 of the top 7 in the 1st 11 games).

      • I think any comments about Moyes inherently involve speculation…. having said that, I will speculate that:

        1)For managers, a move to MLS is NOT a good career move. Much moreso than players, managers face an “old guard” bias when it comes to the pedigree of the leagues and clubs they manage. Really, who are the MLS managers who have moved on (or back) to a club in a major European league? Bradley? Staebek is a stepping stone, at best. Ruud Gullit was on his deathbed as a top manager when he came here (and failed). There are some minor success stories, but this is not a sexy destination for a manager. At all. And we don’t pay managers very well, to boot.

        2) Moyes has definitely taken on a challenge, but it’s a very smart calculated risk. There is a lot of upside. Sociedad were a CL team last year, and there is still plenty of talent on the books. Nobody expects them to compete with RM, Barca, or Atletico Madrid. All he has to do is guide the team into mid-table security this year, make a few good buys, and get them into European contention next year, and his reputiation will have been very well restored. Not to mention he will have added international management experience to his resume.

        And let’s not forget, Moyes has fallbacks. Rangers, Celtic, and Scotland would jump on him in a heartbeat.

      • I cannot believe that this is even up for debate. Real Sociedad is very solid team with an excellent top flight history with a great youth system, loyal fan base, great location in arguably the best league in the Europe who is only underachieving this year. And MLS cannot match them in manager or player pay.

        I like Toronto FC, but this is NOT even a discussion.

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