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'He is a great manager. I've seen that first hand' - Seamus Coleman reacts to Moyes' sacking

Moyes sacked by Real Sociedad after just 364 days in charge.

Moyes: Signed Coleman from Sligo Rovers in January 2009.
Moyes: Signed Coleman from Sligo Rovers in January 2009.
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SEAMUS COLEMAN HAS backed David Moyes to put his Spanish nightmare behind him and make a quick return to management.

Moyes was axed by Real Sociedad earlier today after just 364 days in charge of the La Liga club.

Defeat to fellow strugglers Las Palmas left Sociedad in 16th place, just two points off the bottom of the table, and was the final straw of Moyes’ tenure.

It was the 52-year-old who plucked Coleman from Sligo Rovers in 2009 and handed him his Everton debut.

Coleman has gone on to become one of the top defenders in the Premier League and was quick to pay tribute to his former manager’s influence.

“I just heard there, I’m massively disappointed for him,” Coleman said after Ireland training in Abbotstown today.

“He was great with me. He took me from Sligo Rovers, obviously with the help of a scout, and he taught me a lot about the game. He was a tough operator but he was fair.

I was delighted when he got the United job and I’m just disappointed with how the last 18 months have gone for him because obviously he is a great manager. I’ve seen that first hand.

“Hopefully he’ll be back in the game soon because he still has a lot to give.”

Moyes spent more than 11 years at Goodison Park before his ill-fated spell as Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United, and Coleman believes it’s only a matter of time before a Premier League suitor comes calling again.

“He’s respected a lot in the Premier League and I’m sure he’ll get back in and get going again.

Any of the lads who have been at Everton for a while under him only have good things to say about him.

“I’m disappointed for him.”

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