Former Liverpool defender Nicol wants Everton boss Moyes as Reds manager

Former Liverpool player Steve Nicol has told the Liverpool Echo that the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, do not need to look far to find a new manager – Everton boss David Moyes.

Nicol said: “I would have no problem with David Moyes getting the job. He’s a fantastic manager. We talk about having the tools to do the job, and here’s a guy who’s had to work with blunt instruments, shall we say, and every year he keeps doing it.

Moyes has been at Everton since March 2002 and this year guided the Toffees to seventh in the Premier League, a place above Liverpool. Liverpool however defeated Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and twice in the Premier League, winning 3-0 at Anfield through a Steven Gerrard hat-trick and 2-0 at Goodison Park after Jack Rodwell was sent off.

Roberto Martinez, the Wigan Athletic manager, has already been given permission to speak with FSG about the vacancy created when Kenny Dalglish was sacked earlier in May, while Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers turned down the chance to discuss the post.

Nicol spent 14 years as a Liverpool player, moving to Anfield in 1981 from Ayr United and leaving in 1995 for Sheffield Wednesday. In that time he made more than 300 appearances for the club, winning five league titles, three FA Cups and one European Cup, in 1984.

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