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David Moyes says 'ambition to coach abroad' brought him to Spanish club Real Sociedad

  • The new Real Sociedad's head manager, David Moyes of Scotland, looks on during his first training session at Zubieta place training of Real Sociedad, near to San Sebastian, northern Spain, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Moyes, the former Manchester United coach is taking over from Jagoba Arrasate, who had earned only one win in 10 matches before being fired. Sociedad is Moyes' first coaching job since being fired by United last season. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    The new Real Sociedad's head manager, David Moyes of Scotland, looks on during his first training session at Zubieta place training of Real Sociedad, near to San Sebastian, northern Spain, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Moyes, the former Manchester United coach is taking over from Jagoba Arrasate, who had earned only one win in 10 matches before being fired. Sociedad is Moyes' first coaching job since being fired by United last season. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)  (The Associated Press)

  • The new Real Sociedad's head manager, David Moyes of Scotland, walks, during his first training session at Zubieta place training of Real Sociedad, near to San Sebastian, northern Spain, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Moyes, the former Manchester United coach is taking over from Jagoba Arrasate, who had earned only one win in 10 matches before being fired. Sociedad is Moyes' first coaching job since being fired by United last season. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    The new Real Sociedad's head manager, David Moyes of Scotland, walks, during his first training session at Zubieta place training of Real Sociedad, near to San Sebastian, northern Spain, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Moyes, the former Manchester United coach is taking over from Jagoba Arrasate, who had earned only one win in 10 matches before being fired. Sociedad is Moyes' first coaching job since being fired by United last season. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)  (The Associated Press)

  • The new Real Sociedad's head manager, David Moyes of Scotland, left, walks, during his first training session at Zubieta place training of Real Sociedad, near to San Sebastian, northern Spain, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Moyes, the former Manchester United coach is taking over from Jagoba Arrasate, who had earned only one win in 10 matches before being fired. Sociedad is Moyes' first coaching job since being fired by United last season. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    The new Real Sociedad's head manager, David Moyes of Scotland, left, walks, during his first training session at Zubieta place training of Real Sociedad, near to San Sebastian, northern Spain, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Moyes, the former Manchester United coach is taking over from Jagoba Arrasate, who had earned only one win in 10 matches before being fired. Sociedad is Moyes' first coaching job since being fired by United last season. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)  (The Associated Press)

David Moyes says the chance to work abroad persuaded him to take over at Real Sociedad and return to coaching six months after being fired by Manchester United.

Speaking at Thursday's presentation, the 51-year-old Moyes says "it has always been a bigger ambition to coach abroad. It is the right time. I am well rested and I am ready to go."

Moyes was fired by Manchester United last April, less than a year after replacing Alex Ferguson as manager. Previously, Moyes established his coaching reputation after 11 seasons in charge of Everton.

Moyes signed a contract to coach Sociedad for the remainder of this season and the next, ending in June 2016. He will make his debut at Deportivo La Coruna on Nov. 22.