It’s looking like Newcastle made an approach to former Real Sociedad, Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes in May, but it looks like he turned down Newcastle’s offer.
At that time he was loyal to Real Sociedad where he just been appointed the previous November, but after a poor start to this season he was sacked by the Spanish club earlier this month.
David Moyes – while at Real Sociedad
This is what David Moyes has said today about his time in San Sebastian:
“I am disappointed to have left Real Sociedad. When I accepted the job as manager of La Real last November, my remit was to avoid relegation and retain the club’s La Liga status.”
“We succeeded in attaining that target and finished 12th in the table. I feel that we made significant progress last season; beating Barcelona in front of our home fans was a memorable highlight.”
“Despite some positive performances from our team, results have not gone our way in recent weeks. However, I was confident we would finish in a strong position by the end of the season.”
“I made a firm promise to Real Sociedad to honour my contract and it is disappointing not to be able to fulfil this commitment especially when I have turned down a number of job opportunities in recent months.”
“After spending 12 years in the Premier League as manager of Everton and Manchester United, I was keen to take the opportunity to work abroad and have learned a great deal from the experience.”
“I would like to thank the club and the President for giving me the opportunity to manage in Spain, at a club with such a rich history of employing British Managers.”
“I would also like to thank the players, staff and my assistant, Billy McKinlay, for their support and the wonderful people of San Sebastian.”
“It has been a pleasure to work in their beautiful city and immerse myself in their culture. Their warmth and generosity has made me feel very at home over the last year.”
Those are good words from David and some club will end up hiring him soon, but it’s unlikely to be Newcastle United.
It would only happen if we do another swoon under Steve McClaren, but at the moment it looks like we are moving away from the bottom of the Premier League and playing a lot better than we did earlier this season.
We’ve always thought that David would be an almost perfect manager for Newcastle and it’s just a pity circumstances seem to have prevented us from getting him on Tyneside in May.
He did great work at Everton and Newcastle is a similar club to the Toffees and with a lot more money available these days for transfers and the like – there is no reason why he couldn’t have taken Newcastle to challenge for the top six in the Premier League – as he did at Everton over eleven years.
Steve McClaren just doesn’t have the same past success at club level that David Moyes has.
What do you think?