Moyes: Contract Situation Not Harming Everton

By • Mar 11th, 2013 • Category: News |

Everton manager David Moyes has insisted his contract situation is not having a negative affect on his team’s overall performance.

Despite originally claiming he would open contract talks following the January transfer window, Moyes decided he would wait until the summer to discuss a new contract, stating that he wished to see how his team performed during the remainder of the season before committing his future to the club.

But despite a humiliating 3-0 home defeat to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, Moyes claims this decision is not having an adverse effect on his players.

“What can be said is people will always draw comparisons.  But anybody who watched that game will know it had nothing to do with that. It was just a poor performance by myself and the Everton team. It wasn’t anything to do with anything else.”

“I actually got a feeling that the supporters realised it was just a bad day. We just didn’t play well. It wasn’t as if it was something tactically we did. Throughout you saw misplaced passes, bad control, not winning a race, a challenge or a header in the box. It was a performance I’ve not seen from my team for quite a while.”

Before penning any contract extension, Moyes – one of the highest paid managers in Europe – is looking for reassurance that funds will be available to take Everton forward. The club will have some – albiet limited – funds to spend in the summer with Moyes particularly keen to improve the spine of his side – central defence, central midfield and centre forward. Revenue from sponsorship deals – including their sponsorship deal with Paddy Power – will help boost the transfer kitty.

On the pitch, Moyes believes his side will bounce back quickly from their FA Cup disappointment: “What we’ve tended to do in these situations is bounce back quite well.  We lost a big game at Wembley last year and I would expect the same from the players and the same from me.”

“I said before we’re still fighting on two fronts: the FA Cup and the league, and that’s why I would never say which one is more important than the other. Now the important thing is we try to win as many league games as we can.”

The FA Cup Semi Final draw almost certainly means that only 5th place will be a Europa League spot; one of Wigan, Blackburn or Millwall will join Swansea in Europe next season.

Everton are still in contention for 5th spot: They are currently just 2 points behind Arsenal in 5th, and seven points behind Chelsea in 4th – and the Toffees still have to play both sides in addition to Spurs, City and Liverpool. Everton can still have their say.

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