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Will we lose Moyes? Never! Kenwright keen to keep hold of Blues manager.


EVERTON chairman Bill Kenwright is confident he can hang on to manager David Moyes but accepts selling the club is the best way of ensuring that.

The Scot has been linked with Chelsea and Tottenham - should, as expected, Harry Redknapp take over at England - while Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has praised his compatriot for the work he has done at Goodison Park.

Moyes will mark his 10th anniversary at the club on Wednesday still looking for his first trophy and he freely admits he is a hugely ambitious man.

Kenwright is too, but knows the only way to match the ambition of his manager is to find new owners who can bring in much-needed finance for him to be able to compete more regularly with the top-six in the Premier League.

Asked whether he feared losing Moyes to a wealthier rival, Kenwright said: "Not at all. Never. Why? What do I think is the biggest club in the world? Everton.

"Why wouldn't people want him? But he is our manager and I do believe he is our manager because he wants to be our manager and he gets what he can and what he wants out of this club.

"I think that is important to him.

"He is ambitious. I am hugely ambitious but I have got to be realistic and that is why I have to ask myself whether I can be the chairman for much longer.

"It is a huge club and I have to find the investment to take it forward.

"We love nights like the ones against Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham (all recently beaten at Goodison Park) but we live in a game dominated by money.

"I know this club is revered throughout football for the way we try to do it but it is a huge job and it gets more and more difficult.

"The one thing he (Moyes) does know is he gets every single brass farthing available and he does know no-one takes any money out of this club.

"But at the end of the day I have to find a new owner."

Of his decade-long relationship with Moyes, Kenwright said there had been very few disagreements.

"It has not been a love-in. Both of us are keen to say that but it has been a friendship," he said.

"It has been 10 years of absolute friendship.

"We've had maybe two what you could call rows but they would last five minutes, words rather than rows maybe."

However, Kenwright felt the manager had brought something back to Everton which money could not buy.

"The one thing he has done for this club is he has made us all believe again and 10 years ago we had lost some of our belief," he said.

'BILL DOESN'T DESERVE IT' DAVID MOYES admits that supporter criticism of Bill Kenwright troubles him.

The Blues manager said: "I've said to Bill many times he doesn't need all the criticism he's been getting from fans. I've said 'Bill, you don't deserve to get treated like that by fans.' But he loves Everton. He just grits his teeth and gets on with it.

"At the end of this season I'll have a chat with him and we'll decide whether we're going to have another four or five-year plan."

Meanwhile, a planned day of protest at Goodison Park on Saturday by an Everton supporters group, the Blue Union, was cancelled.

In a statement the group said they had bowed to the wishes of its members, saying: "With such a significant period of the season now upon us, it would be remiss of us to ignore the wave of feeling that has become apparent over the past few weeks, and indeed the personal feelings of the majority of our officers, all of which together are telling us, very clearly that 'now is the time for unified support, not protest'."

Bill he It added: "On-going activity away from the matchday environment - the targeting of club sponsors and partners - will continue as ever, and further future organised protests on a large-scale are a certainty."


FRIENDSHIP: Bill Kenwright says he and David Moyes have had few disagreements
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2012
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