SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AFP) – Former Manchester United manager David Moyes said Thursday he turned down offers from several English clubs when he opted for the challenge of leading Spanish league stragglers Real Sociedad.
At his official presentation by the Basque club, the 51-year-old Scot said he now hoped to turn around the Basque team’s fortunes as he did with Everton in the Premier League before his ill-fated nine months at United.
Moyes said he had “never had any doubt” about joining Sociedad, which he saw as the biggest challenge of his career.
“I’d had several offers to manage back in the Premier League, I’ve spoken to several clubs in different countries,” he said, declining to name the clubs concerned.
“But the only place that has really tugged at the heartstrings and made me think this is the right club, has been Sociedad.”
Now he will face the mighty Real Madrid and Barcelona in what he said was arguably “the best league in the world”.
“La Liga has some of the best players and best coaches. I want to test myself against the best.”
Sociedad sacked their last coach Jagoba Arrasate this month after just one win in their opening 10 league games. They then bounced back to beat current Spanish champions Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Sunday, which took them out of the relegation zone.
Moyes said he was impressed with what he had seen of Sociedad’s players since arriving in their home city of San Sebastian on Wednesday, and aimed to lead them to be “better that what they are showing.”