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Jagielka wants Anfield win for Moyes

April 30, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Phil Jagielka believes a Merseyside derby win at Anfield on Sunday would provide a fitting send-off if manager David Moyes leaves Everton at the end of the season.

Phil Jagielka will replace Phil Neville as Everton club captain
PA PhotosPhil Jagielka will replace Phil Neville as Everton club captain

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Moyes, who has been in charge at Goodison Park since March 2002, is out of contract in June and has yet to decide whether to sign a new deal.

Everton's manager has never won at Anfield, with the club's last victory there coming in September 1999, when Kevin Campbell scored the only goal.

Jagielka, named the new club captain after Phil Neville announced he would be leaving this summer, wants to end that run.

The England centre-back, 30, told the Liverpool Echo: "No one knows what the manager is going to do at the end of the season, so if it is going to be his last derby game as Everton manager, then it would be nice to send him off in style.

"But it's not just about him, it's about the squad as well, and we'd all love to go there and perform the way we have for most of the season and come out on the right side."

In 11 league and cup visits to Anfield under Moyes, Everton have drawn six and lost five. But they go into Sunday's derby having won five of their last eight league games, and lie sixth, one place and five points ahead of their neighbours.

A win at Anfield would guarantee that Moyes' side finish the season as Merseyside's top club.

Midfielder Darron Gibson should be fit to return, having been rested for last Saturday's 1-0 win over Fulham so as not to aggravate a thigh problem.

Jagielka said: "Gibbo should be back in contention after a little bit of stiffness. The manager will obviously get us to rest up and he'll be looking forward to the game just as much as we are. We'll be desperate to get a result at Anfield."