David Moyes revealed his disappointment after being sacked by Real Sociedad as he believes he could have turned the side around.
The Scots manager broke his silence on Tuesday after his last week’s exit through a statement on the League Managers Association website.
Moyes claimed he turned down several offers before he was dismissed by La Real for a 2-0 defeat to Las Palmas which left them languishing near the relegation places in La Liga.
“I am disappointed to have left Real Sociedad,” he said.
“When I accepted the job as manager of La Real last November, my remit was to avoid relegation and retain the club’s La Liga status.
“We succeeded in attaining that target and finished 12th in the table.
“I feel that we made significant progress last season; beating Barcelona in front of our home fans was a memorable highlight.
“Despite some positive performances from our team, results have not gone our way in recent weeks. However, I was confident we would finish in a strong position by the end of the season.
“I made a firm promise to Real Sociedad to honour my contract and it is disappointing not to be able to fulfil this commitment especially when I have turned down a number of job opportunities in recent months.
“After spending 12 years in the Premier League as manager of Everton and Manchester United, I was keen to take the opportunity to work abroad and have learnt a great deal from the experience.”