What The Papers Say - May 21
All the news from today's national and local press.
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David Moyes has stated he has no interest in becoming Aston Villa manager should Gérard Houllier leave the club this summer and is content with the control he has been given at Everton.
The Everton manager has been touted frequently as Villa's desired replacement for Houllier, should the Frenchman decide to retire due to health reasons, but he says he has no wish to leave Goodison Park for the Midlands.
"I know nothing about it and they have a really good manager in place who unfortunately is ill at the moment. The last thing he needs to hear is someone talking about his job," said Moyes. "But I'm not interested anyway, so that answers it."
Everton end their inconsistent season at home to Chelsea and, despite approaching another transfer window where he has to sell to buy players, Moyes says he does not envy Carlo Ancelotti's position at Stamford Bridge.
He said: "Mountains of cash and instability are not something I have had in my managerial career. Everton is the opposite. It is really well run. We don't have bundles of cash, we try and make the best of what we have but we have got stability. The situation I am in at the moment is a good one. I have a really good chairman and I am at a really good club.
"I can control the club to an extent and, though I don't like quoting him all the time, it is one of Sir Alex's comments that a manager has to be allowed to control a club and in the main I do. I don't have the funds but we have tried to keep a stable club."
DAVID MOYES says Everton might be skint, but at least he has the kind of stability that Carlo Ancelotti can only dream of.
The Chelsea boss is expected to get the axe next week after ‘only’ guiding his side to second in the Premier League.
That position would be dreamland for David Moyes – as would the bottomless pit of money that the manager at Stamford Bridge gets to spend.
However, the Scot, whose Everton side face the Blues at Goodison tomorrow, argues that while he might not have unlimited funds, he has the solid support of the club’s board. He said: “Mountains of cash and instability are not something I have had in my managerial career.
“Everton is the opposite – it is really well run.
“We don’t have bundles of cash, we try and make the best of what we have, but we have got stability.
“The situation I am in at the moment is a good one.
“I have a really good chairman and I am at a really good club.
“Though I don’t like quoting him all the time, it is one of sir Alex’s comments that a manager has to be allowed to control a club – and in the main I do.”
DAVID MOYES fears seventh place in the Premier League will be as far as he can take Everton in the future - unless money is made available to buy new players.
As the Blues' boss prepares his side for the final game of the season against Chelsea tomorrow afternoon, he issued a stark warning that this may be as good as it gets for the Goodison Park club without an injection of cash.
But the 48-year-old remains as committed as ever to the Goodison cause and today has rubbished the rumours he will join Aston Villa this summer.
Moyes says he is "not interested" in a move to Villa Park after speculation again mounted this week and said even discussing the position - with Gerard Houllier still in charge - was hugely disrespectful to the Midlands outfit.
The Everton boss also poured scorn on suggestions Manchester City would test the club's resolve with a substantial bid for left-back Leighton Baines, saying he expects no offer to be forthcoming.
Moyes insists the Blues need to bring quality players in alongside the England left-back if they are to start moving up the table otherwise expectations may have to be reassessed.
"Seventh might be as good as it can get for Everton with the resources and the way teams are spending now," said the Everton manager.
“I hoped we would do better than that this year but I think it is going to be much tougher next year.
“But I don’t think we are too far away. I don’t think this football club needs hundreds of millions.
“It just needs some fresh cash to try to start again and give us some impetus going into the new season.
“We have been able to do it without loads of money, we have been able to do it in a different way.
“That will be the route we take and I am hoping we are able to give ourselves a fresh start next season.
“We have been doing it that way for the nine years I have been here.
“Other clubs might have their own route to try to gain success but we have had to be slower and more progressive over a longer period.
"If anybody connected with Everton thinks our expectations should be better than seventh maybe they need to start asking the real reasons why. Maybe that is Everton's position. I thought we could do better than that in the summer so maybe I'm the one who got it wrong and maybe I have to reassess where I think Everton can be."
On rumours linking him to the Villa job, Moyes said: "I know nothing about it and I think it is wrong to talk about other clubs in this way.
"They have got a really good manager, I think the last thing he would want is to hear someone talking about his job.”
EVERTON captain Phil Neville didn’t pick up an award on Thursday night at the BT Convention Centre – but he took to the stage and declared his belief that he was already a winner.
Asked by compere for the evening, Ray Stubbs, what it was like to lead the current crop of Everton players out at Goodison, Neville delivered a glowing tribute.
“I think I have the easiest job at the club,” he declared. “The spirit at the club and in the dressing room is phenomenal.
“They’re the best bunch of lads I have ever played with. Honestly.
“And the supporters just blow us away every time. The spirit away from home is fantastic, and when we were 1-0 down at home to Manchester City and getting battered, we came out for the second half and they drove us on. I think they sucked in the goals to be honest.”
Leighton Baines was the night’s biggest award winner, collecting the Player of the Year award, the Players’ Player prize and the trophy for the Goal of the Season.
Like his skipper, Baines believed the credit should be collective.
Collecting his first award of the evening he said: “I’d just like to thank my team-mates really for helping me during the season.
“It’s a big team effort and a privilege to play with them. They are not just my team-mates, but my mates as well.
“Phil is an inspiration to a lot of us. He’s had a fantastic career and the way he conducts himself is an example not just to the younger players but to the senior players as well.”
But by the time he came to carry off his third trophy he was running short on tributes!
“I’m a bit speechless to be honest,” he said. “It’s mind blowing to be up here three times. I’d just like to say thank you to the players and staff.”