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Monday 26 August 2019

Real Sociedad replace David Moyes with ex-Barcelona assistant Eusebio Sacristan

David Moyes has been sacked for the second time in 18 months
David Moyes has been sacked for the second time in 18 months

Eusebio Sacristan has been named as Real Sociedad head coach following the sacking of David Moyes.

Former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes was removed from his role with the Primera Division club on Monday afternoon.

And La Real wasted little time in announcing his replacement with former Barcelona assistant coach Eusebio arriving on a deal that runs until June 2017.

Former Celta Vigo boss Eusebio has been without a club since his contract was terminated as Barcelona B's coach in February and is now tasked with taking Sociedad up the table.

The new head coach said of his appointment: "I am proud and honoured to coach this club. It fills me with enthusiasm, the challenge of coming here to get to live beautiful moments.

"(The team) has all the conditions to grow and improve. Now (we) have to work and get that level of demand and commitment to change the dynamic and move forward."

Eusebio's first game in charge will be against Sevilla at the San Sebastian after the international break before La Real travel to the Nou Camp to face defending Spanish champions Barcelona on November 28.

Moyes left with the club 16th after just two wins in 11 league games this season, while Friday's 2-0 away defeat to Las Palmas was La Real's fourth loss in their last five league fixtures.

A statement on the club's website earlier on Monday read: "Real Sociedad has decided to rescind the contract of the coach of the first team David Moyes.

"The club wishes to thank David Moyes as well as (assistant) Billy McKinlay for the contribution, professionalism and dedication that they have shown during the time in charge of the first team.

"We wish them the best of luck in their professional and personal futures."

Everton defender Seamus Coleman is confident his former Toffees boss Moyes will bounce back following his dismissal.

Speaking after training with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Monday afternoon, the 27-year-old defender said: "I've just heard it there and I'm massively disappointed for him.

"He was great with me since he took me from Sligo Rovers with the help of the scout. He taught me a lot about the game. He was a tough operator, but he was fair.

"I was delighted to see him get the (Manchester) United job and I am disappointed at how the last 18 months has gone for him because he is a great manager and I have seen that at first hand.

"Hopefully he will be back in the game soon because he still has a lot to give. He's respected a lot in the Premier League and I'm sure he'll get back in and he'll get going again.

"Any of the lads who have been at Everton for a while under him only have good things to say about him. I'm disappointed for him, that's all I can really say."

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