Moyes expects to keep young duo

The Toffees manager insists his club are in a much stronger

position than when they sold Wayne Rooney to Manchester United back

in 2004. Moyes was brought down to earth on Sunday morning after

his side’s high-flying 3-1 win against United at Goodison on

Saturday when he arrived at Manchester Airport to find his flight

to Europe where he was due to take in a game cancelled owing to

weather problems. His car taking him back to Merseyside then

suffered a puncture and he was rescued by traffic police. But his

transport problems could not dent his enthusiasm for his Everton

side which is rapidly climbing the Premier League, so much so that

there is talk of qualifying for Europe. Rodwell, 18, and Gosling,

20, both scored against United after coming on as substitutes and

Moyes said: “They don’t let you down. They came in and both of them

got a good goal. “There’s been quite a lot of attention towards

Jack Rodwell for a while. But strangely enough, it was Wayne that

worried me a lot more. It doesn’t worry me quite so much with Jack

because we’ve been through it before. “I don’t think we were quite

ready for Wayne when Wayne came on the scene but we’re certainly

ready for Jack Rodwell and our team is good enough to carry a Jack

Rodwell and keep him and keep bigger suitors away. “The boy is

going to be a good player in time but at this present time it’s

potential and we have to bring it along at the right pace.” Moyes,

speaking to BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme, believes

the current Everton set-up would have been able to keep Rooney. “If

Wayne was at Everton now I think it would be completely different,”

said Moyes. “We’re competing within Europe, we’re trying to beat

the top teams, we’re at that end of the league. “At the time Wayne

came on the scene we were fifth or sixth off the bottom so it was a

completely different Everton then to what it is now.” Moyes

believes the club, which has recovered from a dreadful start to the

season when it was overwhelmed by injuries, is reaping the benefit

from the solidity under chairman Bill Kenwright. Moyes has been in

charge eight years and he said: “If you can give managers a chance

to do their work and get on with it, I think it shows. With Brian

Clough and Sir Bobby Robson and Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson

they all got long, long periods at their clubs. “I’ve got a really

good chairman and people have been really supportive and yes there

have been times when the team’s not been doing so well but I’ve

never at any time felt any threat, and that’s the sign of a good

chairman. “He takes the pressure off the manager when there is any

and he’s let me get on with the job.” Moyes admitted the dream was

to get into the Champions League but warned Everton supporters had

to be realistic. He added: “Obviously I’m going to try to do it

(fourth place) but getting to the top half of the league was going

to be a big achievement after the way we started. “It wasn’t long

ago that we were third or fourth bottom and I was looking down and

a bit worried but now we’ve got everybody fit we will look up and

try to get as far up as we can but we’re coming from a long way

behind.”