What The Papers Say - 17 April
Snodin on Moyes, plus Jags on his fight for a first-team place.
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DAVID MOYES still has unfinished business to carry out at Everton FC, says former Goodison Park favourite Ian Snodin.
But Liverpool FC legend Alan Hansen believes the Blues boss should quit Goodison at the end of this season.
Hansen, now a respected television analyst, used his national newspaper column to explain why he believes Moyes has taken Everton as far as he can.
“Even if Everton had won the FA Cup this season, I don’t believe it would have been enough to keep David Moyes as manager at Goodison Park beyond the end of this campaign,” he wrote.
“If he goes, Moyes will not be deserting a sinking ship. He has been loyal, committed and dedicated throughout his decade at Everton, but it really is time to move on.
“That’s why this summer seems to be the right time for him to take on a new challenge elsewhere if a top job comes up.
“His real achievement in keeping the club on an even keel will only be appreciated fully when he has gone.”
But Snodin, a rival of Hansen’s on the pitch during their playing days, disagrees with that viewpoint. And he believes Moyes can eventually bring silverware to Goodison.
“I think David Moyes loves it at Everton, I really do,” said Snodin.
“Is he going to be targeted by Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal or Chelsea this summer? I don’t think so.
“So where else is there as good as Everton, after that?
“Sunderland and Aston Villa might spend a bit more money, but they are not bigger clubs than Everton.
“Celtic might have certain emotional ties, but would you move to Scotland after what’s happened to their biggest rivals this season?
“I think David is at a fantastic club where he has a great relationship with his chairman and I honestly don’t think he will want to move on.
“He has given us 10 years where he has been different class.
“In all that time we have probably had two poor seasons.
“He will already be thinking now about what players can he bring in this summer to improve his squad.
“Yes, he will be bitterly disappointed about Saturday, but I’m sure he will already be thinking about what he needs to challenge for Europe next season and what he needs to try and win that elusive trophy.”
When this season ends Moyes will have just one year remaining on his Everton FC contract, but he has always said he will sit down and talk with his chairman about his future in the summer.
Hansen, however, believes that Moyes should be looking to further his career elsewhere.
He added: “He has the track record and is a young man in the managerial stakes and somebody with his career still ahead of him.
“The question for Moyes, however, is where would he go next to take his managerial career on to the next level?
“Chelsea are looking for a new manager, Manchester City could be and, if Harry Redknapp gets the England job, Tottenham will be looking for a new man at White Hart Lane.
“But for whatever reason, when the likes of Chelsea and City make managerial appointments, they tend to look abroad for rising stars or people with a successful track record away from the Premier League.
“Sooner or later, those clubs might start to look at the long-term and build the club up because the ultimate barometer of success is Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United because he has been at Old Trafford for about 100 years!
“But if Redknapp does leave Tottenham, then you would have to suggest that Spurs is a real possibility for Moyes. You hear names like Brendan Rodgers being suggested in connection with Tottenham but, while he has done a terrific job at Swansea, he is in his first season in the Premier League.
“Moyes has the experience and the ambition to take on a big job, however, and that will eventually be bad news for Everton.
"But when he does walk away from Goodison Park, he will do so with his head held high, regardless of his lack of silverware during his 10 years.”
PHIL JAGIELKA is facing a fight to win back a first team place at Everton FC – in time to book a place on England’s plane to the European Championship finals this summer.
The Blues defender was left out of David Moyes’ starting line-up for the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool, after playing in the Blues’ three previous Premier League appearances.
And Everton have just five Premier League games left between now and the end of the season when the squad for Poland the Ukraine will be selected.
Jagielka is prepared to bide his time, despite suffering the heartache of missing another Wembley appearance with the Blues.
“If my role is to keep John and Sylvain playing as well as they can – or to give them a rest for a game – I’ll do that,” he said.
“It’s not ideal for me, but we are part of a team and a squad that want to do well.”
Jagielka famously scored the winning penalty kick in Everton’s last Wembley semi-final appearance in 2009, but injury cruelly robbed of him a Cup Final place against Chelsea.
He was on the sidelines again last weekend, watching from the substitutes’ bench as Liverpool came from behind to triumph 2-1.
A knee injury sustained against Bolton on January 4 sidelined Jagielka for two months, and since then he has seen Johnny Heitinga and Sylvain Distin forge an impressive central defensive partnership.
In the eight games the pair have played together since Distin returned from a hamstring injury on February 4, the Blues have conceded just four goals.
While it was Distin’s error at Wembley on Saturday which handed Liverpool a route back into a semi-final Everton FC led, David Moyes must now decide whether to leave out a player who has otherwise been consistently reliable and recall Jagielka, or stick with the Heitinga-Distin partnership and leave Jagielka sweating.
The England international won his 10th cap in the victory over world champions Spain last November – but didn’t figure in the subsequent friendlies against Sweden and Holland.
While England remain managerless Jagielka will not be overly concerned for his international future, but he will want as much first team match practice as possible ahead of a tournament where he could be facing Europe’s finest forwards.
England have friendlies against Norway and Belgium before they kick-off their European campaign against France on June 11 in Donetsk, before meeting Sweden in Kiev and then the host nation, Ukraine, in Donetsk again.