McCoist keen for Gers to bond

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has insisted defender Wes Morgan

is not for sale.

The 29-year-old centre-back has been linked with a return to

former club Nottingham Forest, but Pearson says he is going

nowhere.

But he told BBC Radio Leicester: “Wes is not a player I have any

intention of selling, so it doesn’t matter whether there has been a

bid or not.

“There may have been, but it doesn’t matter; it will have been

turned down.”

Morgan spent 10 years with Forest before joining Leicester last

year.

Wright was in his native Belfast on Thursday night to watch

Rosenborg come from behind to beat Cruasders 2-1 in the first leg

of the first qualifying round.

Jordan Owens gave the hosts a shock lead and they put the

Norwegian side under pressure throughout.

Wright, who will watch Rosenborg take on Lillestrom on Sunday,

told his club’s official website: “Crusaders played very well and

were unlucky not to get a draw.

“That said, Rosenborg rested five players who I feel would

probably be termed as normally being in their starting eleven and I

think I will get a better feel for them when I see them again on

Sunday.

“Rosenborg are a strong, powerful team and a different

proposition from Eskisehirspor last season.

“I actually think the Turks were better technically but there is

no doubting Rosenborg’s quality.

“However, I’ve come away with the feeling that we can go into

the tie with confidence.”

Rooney’s future has been the focus of much speculation this

summer and has cast a huge shadow over the early stages of Moyes’

tenure as he replaces Sir Alex Ferguson.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain have all been touted as

suitors for the England striker but Moyes has stated that the

England striker will stay at Old Trafford.

“Wayne is not for sale,” he said. “He’s a Manchester United

player and he will remain a Manchester United player.”

Moyes also managed the 28-year-old during his time at Everton

and believes he can get the best out of the England striker.

“I’ve been fortunate, I’ve known Wayne since he was 16,” Moyes

said.

“I’ve had several meetings with Wayne. He’s training brilliantly

well, he’s come back in good shape and I’m really looking forward

to working with him.

“We have spoken several times and as far as I’ve seen it,

whatever happened before has gone.

“We are working together now. I see a glint in his eye, he looks

happy and if he is saying I’m going to knuckle down and get it

right – let’s not kid ourselves.

“He’s a terrific player and let me reiterate, he’s not for

sale.”

Moyes also distanced himself from any meeting between Rooney and

his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson about a possible departure for

the forward from Old Trafford.

“There was a private meeting between two people and I was not

privy to that. I’m now looking at it in my period at Man Utd,”

Moyes said.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Wayne and getting

him to the levels I know he’s capable of. I can tell you

categorically that Wayne Rooney is training very well.

“If I was Wayne, you look at the legends that have played for

this club. I could see George Best, Bobby Charlton, Roy Keane and I

thought Wayne isn’t too far away from that.

“It’s not too difficult to get the goals and he could be near to

that.”

Moyes also revealed that he was personally anointed by Ferguson

during a meeting at the 71-year-old’s house.

Ferguson’s retirement in May was unexpected and Moyes was called

to his fellow Scot’s home to be told the news.

“It was a really strange situation for me,” he added. “I had no

idea whatsoever.

“A lot of people thought I’d known something about the job. I

knew nothing at all about it until Sir Alex gave me a call and

asked me to come to his house.

“I was expecting him to say, ‘I’m gonna take one of your players

or I’m gonna do something else’, I wasn’t sure what he we was gonna

say to me.

“And we went in and the first thing he said to me, he says: ‘I’m

retiring’.

“And I said ‘yeah, when?’ you know, because he was never

retiring, was he?

“And he says ‘next week’, and his next words were ‘and you’re

the next Manchester United manager’.

“So I didn’t get a chance to say yes or no, I was told I was the

next Manchester United manager by Sir Alex, so for me that was

enough.

“As you can imagine the blood drained from my face – I was

really shocked. More shocked that Sir Alex had chosen to retire,

but inside I was incredibly thrilled that I was going to be given

the opportunity to manage Manchester United.”

Moyes is, however, happy for Ferguson to give his advice in the

early stages of his role new role as United manager.

“I hope he is sitting in the directors’ box,” Moyes said.

“He has been so good. I’ve already called him two or three times

for advice on matters. I’m taking over the champions of England and

it gives me a great opportunity.

“He’s not there to pressure me. The Glazers have been fantastic

since I spoke to them and Ed Woodward the chief exec and the

players have been very good and responded well.

“It’s never easy going into a new job let alone one the size of

Manchester United.”

With Ryan Giggs and former Manchester United defender Phil

Neville already on board in Moyes’ coaching set-up, he also hinted

Paul Scholes could make a return to Old Trafford in a similar

capacity after he retired at the end of last season.

“I’ve got to say when I spoke to him he was absolutely fantastic

and he gave me some guidance on things,” Moyes said on Scholes.

“We probably spent and hour or two on the phone. He wants to

give his family some time but there will be a place for him and

we’ll look to bring him back in when he feels ready.”

The arrival of Moyes at Old Trafford is not the only managerial

appointment in the Premier League this summer, and the new

Manchester United boss is looking forward to locking horns with one

man in particular.

“I’m really pleased to see Jose (Mourinho) back,” Moyes

said.

“He’s been very successful and I think we’ll enjoy having Jose

back in the Premier League again. Manuel Pellegrini – I’ve come

across him a couple of times with Villarreal and Malaga so it will

be new for him as well (at Manchester City).

“Probably for the first time there has been a good shake up in

the Premier League and because of that there are a lot of things

that are unknown. I don’t just think it at this club, there are a

few other clubs that are very similar.”

The shake up will be felt more keenly at Old Trafford than

elsewhere however, as Moyes replaces a man who won two European

Cups, 13 Premier League titles and five FA Cups during his 27 years

at the helm.

And while Moyes is hopeful he can put his own stamp on United,

he knows that the fans at least, will expect him to maintain many

of the aspects of the Ferguson era.

When asked how his side would play, Moyes said: “I hope the same

way, I hope the same traditions, I hope entertaining, exciting

football.

“But I’ve always said, the biggest thing in football is to

win.

“I would always probably put winning at the top of the list, I

don’t think I’ve ever changed from that and I’m sure that Sir Alex

would as well.

“I think if you had a great entertaining team but you didn’t win

the games it doesn’t quite get you anywhere, so I think you’ve got

to get the balance right and hopefully I can.”

He added: “Any football coach who wants to coach or manage, when

you look outside any window you see Old Trafford, you have to

because it’s a place you want to go.

“I always hoped that when Sir Alex’s days would come that I

would be a consideration.

“Whoever was going to take over this club knows the job would be

taking over from the manager before who was incredible. Someone who

everybody in football looks up to. Worldwide known.

“His achievements, there are probably no better.

“He tops my list of many Scottish managers: Sir Matt (Busby),

Bill Shankley, Jock Stein and certainly Sir Alex is right up with

that group of managers.

“All I can do is do what David Moyes has done before. I’ll

definitely continue the traditions of Manchester United.

“But I have to, in my own way, put my own stamp on the club.

“Sir Alex had to so it when he took over and it took him a

little bit of time.

“I’m very fortunate I’m taking over the champions of England. So

from that point of view it gives me a great starting point, better

than most would ever get.”

Summer arrivals Cammy Bell, Steven Smith, Richard Foster, Nicky

Clark, Jon Daly and Nicky Law are among a 23-man pool for

friendlies against Brora Rangers on Sunday and Elgin on

Wednesday.

French-Tunisian defender Bilel Mohsni, who left Southend at the

end of last season, will also join the party as he bids to win a

contract.

McCoist, who will take his squad to Germany after a friendly at

Bristol City on July 13, told his club’s official website: “We are

lucky in that we have the best facility in the country in the form

of Murray Park. It’s fantastic and we are blessed to have it.

“At the same time, it can be extremely beneficial to get the

players away from their own environment where they are all

together.

“They will get a chance to get to know each other away from the

football park as well when we’re in Brora and that’s a big

thing.

“We’ve got a few new faces in the group who have still to get to

know each other and their new team-mates.”

Another of McCoist’s seven summer signings, Honduras midfielder

Arnold Peralta, has still to arrive in Scotland following his

international exertions.

Dean Shiels, Chris Hegarty and Barrie McKay will stay behind at

Murray Park to continue their rehabilitation from injury.