Pie and peas and Lancashire hot pot are off the menu for the La Liga outfit Real Sociedad – despite boss David Moyes pencilling in a pre-season friendly fixture against his former club Preston North End, writes Andrew Atkinson. And instead of tasting Lancashire delicacies – such as pie and mushy peas – Real Sociedad players will have to do with a Chinese take-away!
Newly promoted Championship side Preston North End are looking to add another friendly to their pre-season schedule at Deepdale in July – with Real Sociedad now heading to China for a tour. Moyes, who still owns a multi-million pound Mansion in Hoghton, Preston, was in charge at Deepdale during 1998-2002. He moved to Preston in 1993, from Scottish club Hamilton Academical, and became player manager at The Lilywhites, making 143 appearances for the club.
In the 1998-99 season Moyes guided Preston to the second division title. And in 2001 Moyes took Preston to the Championship play off final losing 3–0 against Bolton – thwarting him of Premier League status. Despite Moyes signing a new five-year contract with the club. he left Deepdale in a move to Everton in 2002. He was appointed Manchester United manager in 2013 – replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, and moved to Real Sociedad last November, after being sacked at Old Trafford exit.
Moyes has retained close-roots with his beloved Preston North End, and was at Wembley Stadium last month to watch The Lilywhites’ in their League One play-off final 4-0 win against Swindon Town.
“I had plenty of opportunities before I went to Spain to stay in England, and I had made a decision that I would go and work in Spain,” said Moyes. “I wanted to try something different, wanted to try new culture, work with different players and see how La Liga works. I’m really enjoying it. It’s a great club, I’ve had great fun as well.”