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Moyes at Everton for long haul, insists Kenwight

May 18, 2009

Everton owner Bill Kenwright has dismissed as ''laughable'' suggestions that his manager David Moyes will leave the club.

Moyes is constantly linked with Manchester United - if and when Sir Alex Ferguson stands down. But Kenwright is convinced that the man who has taken Everton to their first FA Cup final since 1995 ''is in it for the long haul''.

Moyes will lead out Everton at Wembley on May 30 against Chelsea having, according to Kenwright, ''transformed this club from top to bottom''.

There have even been claims Moyes could join United as a number two to Ferguson before eventually taking over the reins himself.

Kenwright said: ''It is laughable to suggest that David Moyes is going anywhere. We are more ambitious than any club, but we do not always have the resources. He knows that.

''But David has just signed a new long-term contract. Is he the kind of man who would do that if he is not going to stay here? But apart from that, he is now an Evertonian. People know him, they talk to him and they know he is Everton through and through.

''He wants to bring success to this club and he believes this is his place. Can he manage Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid? Of course he can, he could manage any football club in the world because he is one of the best managers in the world. But he is here and he is staying here.''

Moyes has been at Goodison Park for seven years after joining from Preston, and signed a new five-year contract this season.

Kenwright said: ''The first day he came to this club, he went to our training ground where he discovered an under-achieving group of players who had just been knocked out of the FA Cup and the R-word, relegation, was being mentioned too much.

''He took the club, from the first second, by the scruff of it's neck and told them what we were going to do. And he has done that ever since. I can honestly say, in all of that time during the ups and downs, there has never been one single second that I have not known that he was in this for the long ride.

''He is going to stay, have no doubts about that, regardless of how often he is linked with Manchester United. In truth, I can't answer for David Moyes. But he could not resist this club, and when you come here you do not change.

''This is a great, great club and we know how privileged we are to be here. And David Moyes knows that too.''