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David Moyes set to be fired as Real Sociedad lose patience

By Robert Jones

David Moyes is facing the sack as manager of Real Sociedad, according to reports in Spain last night.

The former Everton and Manchester United manager has spent almost a full year in charge of the Spanish club, having been appointed on November 10, 2014.

However, the Spanish sports newspaper AS, on its website, said that club president Jokin Aperribay has decided to fire the Scotsman after a poor set of recent results.

It said Asier Santana, an assistant to Moyes, will take training on Monday, with former Celta Vigo boss Eusebio Sacristan in line for the permanent role.

Sociedad have lost four of their last five Primera Division matches and slid to 16th place. Friday's 2-0 loss to lowly Las Palmas was a major setback.

Moyes elected to head to Spain after taking a break following 10 tumultuous months at Old Trafford.

As successor to Sir Alex Ferguson he failed to emulate his compatriot's success as United manager, failing to qualify for the Champions League and getting the sack following before he completed a full season.

A highlight of Moyes' spell in charge of Sociedad was January's 1-0 victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Such notable results were few and far between, though, and, with Sociedad finishing 12th last term and having gathered a mere nine points from 11 games this season, pressure has mounted on Moyes.

The 52-year-old may now look to resume his career in the British game if reports of his imminent dismissal by Sociedad are confirmed.

Meanwhile, Fulham are searching for their fifth manager in little over two years after an inconsistent start to the season cost Kit Symons his job.

The west London club's 13-year Premier League stay came to an end last summer and their struggles continued in the second tier, ending the 2014-15 campaign 17th in the Championship.

Symons helped turned things around after the unpopular Felix Magath was sacked, but he too has now been shown the exit after Fulham's inconsistent start to the season.

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