What The Papers Say - 29 February

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

The Liverpool ECHO takes a trip down memory lane and reflects on the Club's record on a leap year. 

The Blues have only played on 29 February on four occasions with their only recorded win on this date coming in 1992. 

Howard Kendall's Everton side travelled to Boleyn Ground to face Billy Bonds' West Ham United. Goals from Mo Johnston and Gary Ablett secured the league points in a 2-0 win. 

In other news, former Everton Academy graduate Shane Duffy has spoken fondly of the Club as he hopes Everton can return to the top end of the table in the near future. 

"That was a special time in my career, coming through under the influence of David Moyes who I still speak to," Duffy told Sky Sports.

"He was this scary figure, when you’re a younger and come through you’ve got this Scottish man who will tell you if your wrong but will also give you the right principles. Everton set me in good stand, having the right principles, respect, and a hard-working background – I have a lot to be thankful for.

"The likes of Alan Stubbs, David Weir, Kevin Sheedy – they all gave me a platform and believed in me when I was younger. Then obviously David Moyes came in and gave me my debut, and I played a little bit for the first team. It’s an amazing club and hopefully it gets back to where it belongs."

Finally, Wayne Rooney has expressed his desire to return to management and revealed his dream of one day managing Everton.

The former forward was on BBC Sport's FA Cup coverage on Wednesday evening and was asked if he wanted to manage one of his former clubs in the future. 

"That’s the aim, that’s where I want to get to," he said.

"Obviously [Manchester] United or Everton, these big jobs. You want to try and do them. It’s a process and I’ve got to go through the steps of getting back on track, back into management and in the next 10 years I’m in a position where I can go into one of the big jobs."