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'Moyes will be a Sociedad hit'

Michael Carrick is pleased to see David Moyes back in management and has backed the former Manchester United boss to be success at Real Sociedad.

Seven months on from his sacking at Old Trafford, the Scot has been handed the reins at the Anoeta on a one-and-a-half-year deal.

The move to Spain offers former Everton manager Moyes the chance to rebuild his reputation after a dismal crack at the United job saw him sacked only 10 months after he succeeded Alex Ferguson.

Following Ferguson was always going to be a big ask and Carrick has backed his former manager to prove himself in the Primera Division.

"I am pleased to see him back in the game," the midfielder said. "I wish him all the best.

"I hope it goes great for him over there. It's a new challenge for him. He has proven his track record over the years.

"He has been successful over such a long period of time that, fair enough, he will be frustrated with how things went last year, as we all were, but I am sure he will bounce back.


"It's a new challenge for him. Hopefully he can over there and do well."

The Scot will be officially unveiled by the club this afternoon, seven months after being sacked by United.

His new club tweeted a picture of Moyes following his arrival in the coastal city with the message: "David Moyes has arrived in San Sebastian! #WelcomeMoyes." Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has also backed his former Everton boss to be a success at Sociedad.

Arteta, who played under Moyes for six years at Everton and also spent a season with Sociedad, said: "I am aware that Moyes has reflected after what happened to him in Manchester and he will know what he has to change.

"A manager that succeeded 10 years at Everton, but whose 10-month stay at United didn't go to plan, does not forget how to coach.

"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 that they deserve to be in."

Arteta played for Sociedad during the 2004-05 campaign before moving to Goodison Park and believes the club's players will enjoy working with Moyes.


"David has a lot of personality," the 32-year-old said. "His teams always have to take the initiative. He likes to maintain a very united group and he gives a lot of importance to it.

"Moyes is on top of players so that they always give their best. If you do then he makes your week much easier.

"Moreover, he also takes a personal interest in his players as well."