After his Manchester United tenure yielded none of the riches he savoured at Everton, David Moyes has been handed a chance at managerial redemption in La Liga, with struggling Real Sociedad.
Erreala sit second bottom in the Spanish top flight, with just two wins and nine points to their name so far, but the Scot is expected to guide them to safety, with the odds gurus at bwin towers going 2/5 about the club landing a top ten finish this term.
Judging by the success his contemporaries have enjoyed after ditching the motherland for a stint in Spain, this looks a fairly safe bet.
Moyes will be the fourth British manager of Real Sociedad, following in the footsteps of Harry Lowe, Chris Coleman and John Toshack.
The latter, along with Terry Venables (who managed Barcelona from 1984-87) managed to win the top domestic prize on offer, while Bobby Robson (Barcelona boss for 1996/97 campaign) claimed three trophies in his solo season in La Liga.
As the graphic below demonstrates, Moyes has got a lot to live up to, but history suggests he’ll be afforded the invaluable commodity every manager craves – time.
The average reign for a Brit in the Anoeta hotseat is two-and-three-quarter years, while the five Blighty-born gaffers in question have had a mean of over 30 months to convey messages of 4-4-2’s and long balls to their players.
Few can debate that it was Robson who most effectively relayed these British methods onto his Spanish charges, though each manager can make their own claims for success.