Saturday 25 November 2017

Basque derby holds key to Moyes' future at Sociedad

David Moyes is coming under increasing pressure at Real Sociedad
David Moyes is coming under increasing pressure at Real Sociedad

Luke Edwards

David Moyes could be returning to England sooner than he envisaged as he is under growing pressure at Real Sociedad and could be sacked if they lose the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao this weekend.

Moyes resisted attempts by West Ham and Newcastle to lure him back to the Premier League during the summer as he wanted to continue in Spain.

He was initially held in high regard but has failed to lead his side to a win in La Liga this season and they are fourth from bottom after four games.

Sociedad travel to Grenada tonight, before the home derby against Bilbao on Sunday. Those two games could decide his fate.

The Scot, though, remains defiant and made it clear he would not panic.

"I am very happy, I am here despite having other opportunities," he said.


"I like the city and the players are fantastic. I am very committed to the team. It has been a bad start to the season, but we will keep on preparing ourselves as we should.

"I have been a coach for a long time and I have been in this situation a lot of times before: you do not always win and you do not always get what you deserve.

"The similarity [with Manchester United] is that you want to win. I have to insist, again, that we are at the start of the league.

"It is the same as we have done in every club. We do good work but sometimes things change when you least expect it.

"I do not have doubts about the squad. We have very good players, although our play has to be better in certain moments.

"We have not played very badly in any one of our four games. The problem is that in three of those we have not scored, and that is not our style. We are lacking a little bit of luck at certain moments."

Real Sociedad were beaten 3-2 at home by Espanyol last Saturday.

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