What The Papers Say - 28 April
A round-up of the day's paper talk.
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DAVID Moyes has insisted he is in no mood to walk out on Everton FC and quit football this summer.
While speculation continues that the Blues boss could yet be tempted to another club, Moyes maintains he will not follow Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola’s example and take a break from the game.
The Scot has been buoyed by his team’s form since January, and admits the impact of Nikica Jelavic has re-fired his own enthusiasm.
He now plans to meet with chairman Bill Kenwright next month to discover his summer transfer budget, and formulate his plan for the next phase of the club’s development under his guidance.
And asked whether the stress of 10 years in his current role would ever force him to take a time-out, he said: “No. That is not my plan and it is not in my thoughts. I will have a chat with the chairman at the end of the season and we will see where things go. It will just be a chat generally to see where we are.
“Nowadays it is a much harder job and there is a level of pressure at every club. It takes a lot of your time up. I have always enjoyed my work. Maybe some day I will come to that point but I don’t think I’m there yet.
“I thrive on the intensity and I don’t know what I would be like if I didn’t have it. I think since I was 16 or 17, I have been in football.
“The other side of it is that there can come a level, because of the intensity, where you think ‘I want to step away for a wee while’ but I don’t think I am there yet.”
Moyes managed to land goal-scorer Jelavic for just £5.5m in January, and admits that deal alone has helped him see a bright future for the club.
“I have been thinking ‘what would be good to go with Jelavic?’ - suddenly in your mind you are starting to build a team. We have had some of the pieces in the jigsaw,” he said.
“We’ve now got a forward who can score but maybe we are lacking a bit of creativity.
“I can see pictures and directions of where we should be going that will probably help us progress again.”
David Moyes plans to make another move to lure Clint Dempsey to Everton this summer, although money could prove an obstacle again.
Moyes had scouted Dempsey extensively when he was at New England Revolution but did not have the funds to match Fulham's £2million bid in January 2007.
He asked the America star to wait until the summer but Dempsey was keen to move to the Barclays Premier League and Revolution agreed to push through the Fulham deal.
The 29-year-old has scored 22 goals in 42 games in all competitions this season and has only one year left on his contract. An improved three-year deal has been on the table for some time but remains unsigned.
Dempsey's form and contract situation have attracted the attention of Arsenal and Tottenham.
However, Moyes hopes Dempsey's close friendship with USA team-mate Tim Howard may work in his favour, but he is unlikely to pay more than £5m for the forward.
Moyes also played down speculation that he was leaving Everton in the summer. 'That is not my plan and it is not in my thoughts,' he said.