What The Papers Say - 27 May
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DAN GOSLING has become the latest Everton squad member to pledge his long-term future to the club.
Gosling has agreed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain tied to the Goodison outfit until 2012.
The 19-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of next season, but Everton are keen to reward the youngster for his impact since breaking into the first team at the start of the campaign.
Gosling was signed from Plymouth Argyle 18 months ago but had to wait until December until making his debut in the 2-0 win against Middlesbrough.
He then scored on his home debut against Sunderland two days later and has impressed during his 16 appearances, most notably when scoring the late winner in the FA Cup fourth round replay win over Liverpool.
And Gosling, who is expected to be on the bench for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, said: “I have another season to go on my contract, and have been offered a two-year extension. Everything seems fine with it and there’s plenty of time on my side.
“It’s just a question of when I do sign it, but I’m more than happy to see things through. This is a top five club in the Premier League and there’s no other club where I’d rather be.”
Lars Jacobsen and Segundo Castillo will discover their fate next week, although the latter revealed yesterday he has received an offer from Spanish side Almeria.
Castillo is reaching the end of a 12-month loan from Red Star Belgrade, with Everton having first option to secure the Ecuador international on a permanent deal.
Moyes, however, would have to shell out a pre-arranged fee of £4.5million for a player who has made only 13 appearances this season.
And Castillo is open to other offers and has already held talks with Almeria.
“Almeria have been interested ever since last year,” said Castillo.“They wanted me for the last six months of the season, and today they are offering me a longer deal.
“We will see if we can find a good agreement with them.”
Meanwhile, Everton officials have confirmed that the club will participate in a victory parade if Moyes’s side lift the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday.
Everton’s players and coaching staff will travel on an open-top bus which will pass Goodison Park before terminating near to the city centre.
The victory parade will start at 2pm on Sunday at the Allerton Maze roundabout on Queen’s Drive. The route is 9.5 miles long and will take between three and three-and-a-half hours to complete.
The parade will travel along Queen’s Drive before turning onto Walton Avenue. It will then travel past Goodison Park, along Everton Valley, Kirkdale Road, Scotland Road, Byrom Street, Hunter Street and New Islington. It will then terminate and the players’ bus will be escorted back to Finch Farm.
Should Everton lose, then no open-top bus tour has been planned.
DAVID MOYES has received the perfect fillip ahead of the FA Cup final after being named by his peers as Manager of the Year for the third time.
Moyes was handed the honour at last night’s League Managers Association Awards in Nottingham.
The award, sponsored by Barclays, was voted by managers from the top four leagues in England and it comes after Moyes won the accolade in 2003 and 2005.
The Everton manager guided his team to a second successive fifth-place finish and will lead the Goodison outfit out at Wembley against Chelsea on Saturday.
Moyes is the only manager to win the award three times since its conception in 1996, with Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Steve Coppell having each won it twice.
LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Since joining Everton, David has not only transformed the club’s fortunes, he has also created a huge fan base – including many of his fellow managers.
“With only modest financial backing, he has shown what can be achieved through discipline, dedication and an innate ability to get the best out of every player.”
Manchester United manager Ferguson was voted Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year and also picked up a Special Merit award.
Meanwhile, Moyes admits the “rollercoaster of emotions” during Everton’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester Untied last month almost left him in tears. The Goodison outfit eventually won through to Saturday’s final – the club’s first in 14 years – after a nerve-jangling penalty shoot-out.
And asked if he felt like crying on the day, Moyes said: “A few times I’ve felt like it. It was such a big day and a big game for us to win. It was a rollercoaster of emotions.
“I’ve been a supporter of football all my life so I know what it means to be a supporter in the build-up to a big game.
“I think it hit home to me though when we pulled up at Wembley for the semi-final. You could hardly get into the entrance to Wembley because of all the Everton supporters in that area.
“I think that was the first time I thought to myself, this is something really special.
“I hope that gives us good memories and I hope we can do it again.”