David Moyes will be sacked by Real Sociedad within the next 24 hours, according to Sky Sports‘ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Sky News reports.
Moyes, who took over the club almost exactly a year ago, has won just two of his 11 La Liga games in charge this season and the team are 16th in the division.
Balague believes the decision was taken after the away defeat to Las Palmas on Friday and made because of a lack of improvement after 12 months under the former Everton and Manchester United boss.
Moyes was due to fly to Spain on Sunday night but his flight was delayed, and the 52-year-old is now due to return to San Sebastian on Monday when he is expected to meet with the club’s president Jokin Aperribay. “When he gets there, he will meet the board of directors and certainly the chairman, and he will be sacked,” Balague told Sky Sports.
“That is something that perhaps he will not expect because this morning he said he was prepared to fight for his position and thought he had enough arguments to be able to help the team keep performing.
“And actually he has been 38 games in charge, which is more or less a full season, and won 46 points, which is not terrible and certainly not a sacking offence. “But the problem is the expectations. When you bring someone like David Moyes to Real Sociedad, they expect them to do much more than 29 per cent win percentage.”
Moyes took over on November 10 last year, seven months after his sacking by United not a full season into the job. He won 12 games out of 38 altogether and his side beat Barcelona in January, but ultimately finished 12th last season.
Balague added: “Sociedad had to ask what kind of manager they were looking for, and did they get it. The only one defending him and saying we had the man we want was the chairman.
“But he felt the pressure, finally, especially after the Las Palmas defeat. After that, there was nobody that wanted to defend David Moyes. Not inside the board, not around the club, not the fans, and not the media.
“The fate was decided after the Las Palmas defeat and it was just a matter of time.The fact it hasn’t been done before is because they wanted everyone to have a day to calm down.
“He will have to learn from it because this performance suggested there was damage in the side. It suggested there were not enough players playing for him, and the team was not impressing enough after being with him for 12 months.”