David Moyes attended Real Sociedad’s training session ahead of his unveiling as the struggling Spanish side’s new manager on Thursday evening.
Moyes has agreed an 18-month deal with the Basque club, who currently lie 15th in Spain’s Primera Division after earning just two wins from their 11 league matches to date.
Sociedad tweeted a picture of the Scot watching the first-team players being put through their paces at their Zubieta training ground with the accompanying message: “David Moyes watching the training at Zubieta.”
Moyes will be officially unveiled as Sociedad’s new coach at 5pm local time (4pm GMT), confirming his return to mangement seven months after he was sacked as Manchester United manager just 10 months into a six-year contract.
Sociedad made no secret of their pursuit of Moyes, and tweeted news of his arrival in San Sebastian on Wednesday with the message: ‘’David Moyes has arrived in San Sebastian! #WelcomeMoyes.”
Despite Moyes’ short and tumultuous spell in charge of Manchester United, he has been backed to succeed at a club with a strong British tradition, with John Toshack and Chris Coleman among their former managers.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, who played under Moyes for six years at Everton and also spent a season with Sociedad, said Moyes will find himself at home.
Arteta told marca.com: ‘’I have spoken to him (Moyes) and I have told him that he is going to a marvellous place.
‘’He is going to find a club that in many aspects resembles Everton.
‘’It’s like a family and with a group of players that are currently in a lower position than they deserve to be in.’’
Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason revealed that he and his Sociedad team-mates cannot wait to start working with the former Everton boss.
He said: ‘’It was in the media a long time when the negotiations were going and I think we are happy that a big name is arriving and we can’t wait to work with him and see his methods.’’
The 51-year-old Scot will be looking to rebuild his reputation after being shown the door at Old Trafford.
Moyes inherits a club with potential having finished fourth and seventh in their previous two La Liga seasons.
And last Sunday Sociedad ended a poor run of eight games without a league win by beating defending champions Atletico Madrid 2-1 at home.
That win came too late for former coach Jagoba Arrasate, who had paid the price for the club’s poor performances this campaign when he was sacked on November 2.
Moyes’ first game in charge will be the trip to newly-promoted Deportivo La Coruna on November 22.