Everton chairman Bill Kenwright believes that David Moyes will sign a new contract to stay at the club, but insists that if the long-serving Scot does leave Goodison Park this summer, he can do so with no regrets, the
Moyes’ current contract expires this summer and he has twice stalled on negotiating a new deal – first putting it off until after the transfer window and then delaying until the end of the season.
Kenwright believes that he and Moyes will speak about the manager’s contract after the final match of the campaign and doesn’t expect the discussion to drag on too long, feeling that Moyes wants to remain in charge of the Toffees, having been at the helm since leaving Preston North End in 2002 to replace Walter Smith.
“Hopefully in seven weeks’ time when the last match has been played we will sit down and have the five minutes that David has alluded to for the last six months or so, that will sort out a new contract; a new adventure and will keep David Moyes at Everton football club,” Kenwright said.
But Kenwright entertained the possibility that Moyes could choose to leave Merseyside after more than a decade, stating his belief that if that is to be the case, Moyes can be proud of what he has achieved at the club if the offer of a new deal doesn’t find favour. “If it doesn’t, the man leaves with his head held high.”
Kenwright added that Everton have received enquiries from parties interested in replacing Moyes but he doesn’t get involved in any such discussion, telling those that ask that Everton already have a manager. The Mail suggests that Celtic’s Neil Lennon and Roberto Martinez, the Wigan Athletic manager, are among Moyes’ possible successors.
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