Moyes calls for FA changes

Rooney this week had his three-match ban for being sent off for

England in Montenegro reduced to two games by a UEFA appeals panel.

The decision, which means the Manchester United forward will be

able to play in England’s final Euro 2012 group game next summer,

is good news as far as Moyes is concerned. But the Scot says he has

endured a tricky time of it whenever his club have made an appeal

to the FA. “They had the opportunity to appeal and they were right

to do so,” said Moyes, speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League

trip to Arsenal. “But you should see us when we try to appeal –

it’s absolute murder. “That disciplinary committee – trying to get

anything done, or get it through there is terrible.” Everton had

such a case earlier this season when they challenged Jack Rodwell’s

dismissal in the Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool. It proved to

be successful, with the red card being rescinded, but Moyes has

likened his experience of going in front of the FA to facing a

“kangaroo court”. He said: “It was right that the decision was

overturned, but we didn’t get anything back in terms of people

saying they had gotten it wrong, and it had contributed to me

losing three points. “There was very little said after that, but

there seems to be quite a lot being said at the moment.” Asked what

improvements he would like to see, Moyes said: “It’s not down to me

– I’ve got a hard enough job doing my job here. It’s up to the FA.

“They should listen to the managers and hear their point of view.

“We should be given a fair and open opportunity when situations do

arise, and I’ve got to say, the times that I have been in front

them, it’s like a kangaroo court – you’ve got no chance.” Moyes has

revealed that Rodwell, who only made his comeback from a rib injury

last weekend as a substitute in the 1-0 loss to Stoke, will not

feature at the Emirates Stadium due to a hamstring problem he

picked up in training on Thursday. Fellow midfield men Leon Osman

(hamstring) and Royston Drenthe (foot) will be assessed ahead of

kick-off, while Moyes is hopeful that striker Louis Saha will be

able to return to action after a thigh injury. The Toffees go into

the game against the fifth-placed Gunners lying 10th in the table

after an inconsistent start to the season, and they will be coming

up against Mikel Arteta for the first time since his move to the

north London outfit on transfer deadline day. Moyes admits his team

has missed the creative influence of the likes of Steven Pienaar,

sold to Tottenham in January, and Arteta, who he feels has fitted

in well at his new club and is “revelling” within their

free-flowing system. The prospects in terms of boosting the ranks

at Goodison Park in next month’s transfer window are uncertain,

with Moyes saying he was unsure whether a deal to bring back

one-time loanee Landon Donovan would be possible, and that he did

not know where talk of a potential move to re-sign Pienaar on loan

was coming from. Everton released details of their accounts for the

financial year ending May 31, 2011, which showed their net debt

remaining stable at £44.9million, an increase in turnover of

3.7% and an operating loss of £500,000 before player trading.

Moyes has been working within considerable financial constraints

and since the period covered by the figures, he has only brought in

free transfers or loan players like Drenthe and Denis

Stracqualursi, despite selling Arteta, Jermaine Beckford and

Ayegbeni Yakubu for a combined total of around £15million. The

manager emphasised he is “not about to start moaning about money”

and chairman Bill Kenwright – who has been the target of protests

over the past couple of months by a section of Toffees fans who

believe he is the main barrier to progress on Everton being sold –

has stressed the club is doing everything in its power to back

Moyes as the search for a new investor goes on. Defender Phil

Jagielka, meanwhile, says he understands supporters’ frustrations

at the current predicament. “You see other teams doing so well who

finished below us before, so you can see the fans’ frustration,”

Jagielka told the BBC. “You may think if someone came along and put

some investment in that we could maybe kick on. We haven’t got any

money. “Unfortunately we had to sell to balance the books but

hopefully we can bring in a couple in January. “The issue of the

ownership of the club has been going on for about six years. “Are

we getting new investors or aren’t we? The lads don’t see anything

of the protests, but we read about it in the paper every day.”