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May 17, 2013

Moyes to advise on successor

Departing Everton manager David Moyes is set to recommend that his successor is appointed from within the club's coaching staff.

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Coaches David Weir and Duncan Ferguson, along with reserve team manager Alan Stubbs, are among the potential candidates to replace Moyes, who is leaving at the end of the season to take charge of Manchester United.

Club captain Phil Neville has been linked with the job, but has also been touted for a coaching role at Old Trafford under Moyes.

Gus Poyet - who was suspended by Brighton on Thursday - and Wigan's Roberto Martinez remain the favourites to take over at Goodison Park, according to most bookmakers.

Chairman Bill Kenwright said on Thursday that he wanted the club to continue the work done by Moyes over the last 11 years.

And the manager, who arrived at the club in March 2002, has offered to help Kenwright choose a successor, with continuity prominent in his thoughts.

"I would always recommend the people around me," Moyes said. "A lot of them know the workings of the building, how we move things forward and what restraints the club work under.

"So it's easy for them to deal with that. But if the chairman asks - we speak a couple of times on the phone - and if he's got anything to say, or wants me to help him, then I'll do so.

"I think continuity's important at every club. You can't always have a completely clean slate and start again.

"But that's a question you need to wait to ask the chairman when the time comes."

Asked whether Neville, who is also set to leave this summer, would be a good appointment to the Everton coaching staff, Moyes added: "Phil Neville's a great man. He's been a great player. He's a great ambassador for the club.

"Phil Neville could take a job up anywhere. He's really, really good at what he does, and he's going through his coaching badges just now, so he'd be a good choice at any club."

Moyes is looking to finish his Everton career with a victory at Europa League winners Chelsea on Sunday, but will be without midfielder Leon Osman.

He explained: "Leon's got some fluid in his knee. He'll miss the game."

Moyes has paid tribute to former England captain David Beckham, who announced on Thursday that he would retire from professional football when his five-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the Ligue 1 season.

Beckham played five games alongside Moyes when loaned to Preston by Manchester United in the spring of 1995.

"He's been a tremendous player, he's been a great ambassador," Moyes said. "I think everybody who's English is proud of what David Beckham has done over the years, and how he's conducted himself.

"I was very fortunate to play with David when he came to Preston North End. He was a great lad then. He was very humble, and really just wanted to play.

"Everybody in that team who was part of it still remembers him; still wants to talk about how they played in a team with David Beckham - and I'm no different."

Beckham was linked with a loan move to Everton from LA Galaxy in 2010. Asked whether that had ever been a serious possibility, Moyes joked: "Yeah, I think we got pipped by AC Milan or something like that."

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