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David Moyes is back on the bench with Real Sociedad

By Robert Jones

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is back in football.

After days of speculation Moyes has been named as the new coach of Real Sociedad, with the Primera Division club confirming the news last night.

Seven months after seeing his short reign at Old Trafford, which lasted from July 2013 to April this year, come to an end after a dismal season, the 51-year-old Scot has signed a contract at the Spanish club that will last until the end of the 2015-16 season.

"The Royal Society has reached an agreement with David Moyes to be the first team coach until 30 June 2016," read a statement on Sociedad's official website.

Sociedad are 15th in La Liga, and sacked their previous coach Jagoba Arrasate after only one win from their opening 10 league games.

They were also knocked out of the Europa League in the second round by Russian side Krasnodar, after beating Scottish side Aberdeen in the previous round.

Caretaker boss Asier Santana then guided them to a surprise 2-1 success over defending champions Atletico Madrid 2-1 at the weekend.

Moyes, who left Everton after 11 years to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at United, is the fourth British coach to take charge of the Basque club.

Former Liverpool and Wales striker John Toshack had three spells, from 1985-89, 1991-94 and 2000-02.

Current Wales manager Chris Coleman was manager for six months, from July 2007 to January 2008.

Englishman Harry Lowe also managed the club for five years during the 1930s.

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