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Assistants get Moyes' approval

Departing Everton boss David Moyes would not hesitate to recommend members of his current coaching staff as candidates to succeed him.

Moyes, who is leaving the Merseyside outfit this summer after more than 11 years in charge to replace the retiring Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, has made it clear he is happy to offer Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright assistance in the search for a new manager.

Among those being linked with the job are Alan Stubbs, David Weir and Duncan Ferguson – all former Everton players that are presently part of the backroom team.

Asked if he would recommend them to Kenwright, Moyes said: "I would always recommend the people who are around me.

"A lot of them know how the workings of the building (at the training ground) are, how we move things forward and the restraints the club has, so it is easy for them to deal with that.

"If he (Kenwright) wants me to help him, I will do so."


The 50-year-old stressed his confidence that Kenwright will "get it right".

Another name that has been mentioned is that of current captain Phil Neville.

There has also been talk of Moyes taking Neville with him to United. Moyes said of Neville: "He is a great man. He is someone who has been a great player and is a great ambassador for the club. If Phil Neville could take a job up anywhere... he is really, really good at what he does and he would be a good choice for any club."

Neville has already played his final game for Everton, as he is not fit enough to feature in tomorrow's clash with Chelsea. Leon Osman is also out.

Everton go into the game knowing they cannot be moved from sixth spot.