Jobs at West Ham and Newcastle United may be open, but the former Everton and Manchester United manager has no intentions of returning home.
David Moyes told Sky Sports during coverage of the Copa del Rey that he is happy managing La Liga side Real Sociedad and is not planning on leaving anytime soon.
“No, nothing’s changed,” Moyes said when asked about his immediate future. “I’m really happy at La Real; I’ve enjoyed my first six or so months. The opportunity to get so close to the best team in the world and – arguably – the best players in the world is a great experience for me.”
Moyes officially took over Real Sociedad on November 10, with the team lying in 19th position in the table having just briefly dipped into the relegation zone. The Scotsman immediately boosted the club, and they finished solidly mid-table in 12th, 11 points above the drop.
“The team wasn’t good enough to finish higher than mid-table,” the 52-year-old said. “We took over when the team was in relegation trouble so we had a good second half of the season. We played much better but we need to add a few more goals, some creativity and maybe a defender or two as well. We’ll take it one step at a time and try to build a stronger team.”
Now, Moyes says he could look to a familiar market for reinforcements as they hope to push into the top half of the table next season. When asked if he could dip into the Premier League market, he said, “Yes, if I could, because I do know the market well. There aren’t many British players playing in Spain so if I can get some, great. We’re looking at other countries as well – as long as they can improve the squad, it doesn’t really matter where they’re from – and hopefully we can add one or two to what we’ve got.”
There are countless rumors linking Moyes with English players, or players in the Premier League. He’s been most heavily connected to Burnley striker Danny Ings and Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj on a loan deal.
Earlier in May, Moyes called his decision to leave England for a job in Spain “brave” and told The Guardian, “it was a gamble but it was the right time. I wasn’t going to sit about for six months. I wanted to work abroad, learn a new language, new football.”