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Mar, 10, 2012

Moyes seeking Everton assurances

Everton manager David Moyes has revealed he is to discuss the club's plans for the future at the end of the season before deciding whether to extend his stay.

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Moyes, 48, will celebrate ten years in charge of Everton on Wednesday but, given the financial restraints he has faced, questions are being raised as to whether he will prolong his tenure.

He has only a year remaining on his current contract and, amid speculation linking him with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, he has said he will hold talks with chairman Bill Kenwright in the summer.

"For me, the next part will be a conversation with Bill at the end of the season about what is next for Everton," Moyes said in The Guardian. "There are one or two sticking plasters which we would need to fix because we have one or two players on loan. That would be my idea: deciding on the next part of the journey for the next four or five years.

"I have a year to go on my contract and will speak with Bill at the end of the season and then decide where we go from there. The chairman knows it - we need to be a club that keeps going. This year has been the toughest in terms of us hanging in there but I think we knew this was always going to be a tough season."

Kenwright has come in for criticism from some supporters as Everton have lacked the finance to compete with the top teams in the league, but Moyes is grateful for his chairman's support over the years.

"The only time I thought I was on thin ice was in my second full year when we lost to Manchester City 5-1 at the end of the season, but at no time has Bill ever been hugely critical of anything we have done," he said.

"People think there is a love-in between me and him. It's not that but I get on well with him. I look at a lot of the situations in football and we are really fortunate that Everton have a chairman who is really supportive of his team and his club."

Moyes has expressed a tinge of frustration that Everton have been unable to maintain their status as Champions League challengers, and says he is "quite embarrassed" to be celebrating a decade in charge without having won any silverware, and he is hopeful that he will be given more finance to rectify that.

"Everton have been up there before, it isn't anything new, but we moved quite quickly and a few years down the line we were vying for a Champions League spot," he said. "When I took the job I knew there wasn't going to be great money. The only thing I asked for was that we didn't sell any of the players unless I wanted them to go and I could prepare my teams any way I wanted. The chairman has never faltered on that.

"I can't go now and say I need loads of cash but the fact of the matter is Everton's actual progression is needing to be stepped up. It has been faster than we expected ten years ago."

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