Real Sociedad have approached ex-Tottenham manager Juande Ramos to check his availability amid scrutiny of David Moyes, according to AS. The Vasque side have publicly voiced their belief in the former Manchester United and Everton boss's ability to turnaround their disappointing start to the season but reports suggest the club sounded out possible replacements as a defeat against Levante would have put Moyes in limbo.
Moyes was reprieved as Real Sociedad hammered Levante with an impressive 4-0 win to secure their second victory of the season and moved clear of the relegation zone to the 15th place in the table. The Scottish boss therefore looks safe for now but AS suggests that a defeat could have led to him being sacked.
The Spanish publication claims that there were no negotiations but the club contacted Ramos, Joaquin Caparros and Pizzi to find out their availability – with the former Tottenham and Sevilla manager as the main candidate to take the job had Moyes been sacked.
AS claims that Ramos, who won the Carlin Cup at Spurs in the 2007-2008 before being sacked in the start of the following campaign, expressed his interest in taking the job as he has been without a team since in 2014 when he left Dnipro due to the political conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
The report adds that Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay is convinced that Moyes will overcome the current situation but may go back to Juande – or the other two candidates – in case the situation doesn't improve in the coming weeks.
Nevertheless, the former United boss was expected to fight for a spot in Europe this season after he broke club transfers records during the summer transfer window with big name additions, like former Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi.
Recently, following a defeat against Atletico Madrid at home, his own fans reportedly chanted at him to "Go home" while Aston Villa was monitoring the situation. Moyes, however, said he was the "best man" for the job and wanted to continue in La Liga.