Moyes: O’Neill right for Cats

O’Neill returned to management after a 16-month absence to take

charge of the Black Cats three weeks ago. Moyes comes up against

the Northern Irishman as Everton travel to the Stadium of Light on

Boxing Day and he believes O’Neill will soon make an impact in the

north east. Moyes said: “I think everybody respects Martin as a

manager. “I don’t think anyone has a bad word to say about him.

They like his interviews, how he speaks. “He is at a really big

club, it is a big job. “It is a big club that has tended to spend

well in the market and has done a good job supporting managers

financially. “If they give that to Martin they will be a force in

the next year or so.” O’Neill has a strong reputation in the game

after impressive spells with Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa. He

had been out of the game since leaving Villa in August 2010 but,

from initial impressions, Moyes believes that break probably did

him good. Moyes, who will have been at the Goodison Park helm for

10 years come next March, said: “I think once you have been out of

it and you come back, you are full of it. “No matter what job you

are in, if somebody says you can have a break and you don’t need to

work, when you come back it is great, I am sure. “It has suited

Martin. I am not saying it would suit me or anyone else. “Martin is

certainly doing what he has done with most clubs he has been at.”

O’Neill seems to have re-energised Sunderland and has won two of

his three games since succeeding Steve Bruce. They are still just

three points above the relegation zone but have mid-table Everton,

only another three points better off, in their sights. Everton have

a good record against them having not lost in their 13 previous

meetings, winning 10 of them. But Moyes sees them as a danger,

particularly with free-kick specialists such as Sebastian Larsson

in their side. Moyes said: “I watched the game against Blackburn

when Martin took over and they were a threat. “They then scored on

Wednesday from a couple of set-pieces. They have got wonderful

delivery from Kieran Richardson and Seb Larsson. “We need to try to

make sure we are on the ball and not give too many away.” Moyes has

been frustrated by a slow start to the season, something which has

become a recurring theme in recent years. In each of the past three

seasons they have recovered to finish in the top eight and Moyes

wants to strengthen in next month’s transfer window to ensure a

similar recovery. He has already conducted some business in signing

United States star Landon Donovan on loan but, more than two years

after the club last paid a significant transfer fee, he accepts his

options are limited. Moyes said: “Agents are ringing up now and

some of the names they are putting in are ridiculous – far too much

money for players who are well past it or not at the level we

expect. “But that is what you get. You take the calls and listen to

it and you decide. “In the past we have tended to look at the loan

market and that is probably what we are looking at in this window

as well.” Moyes sees another striker as a top priority with his

side having scored just 17 goals in 16 league games. He said: “If

we can get someone who can score goals, that is what we need. “But

we have been saying that for a while.” Everton are believed to be

among the front-runners for highly-rated Cliftonville striker Rory

Donnelly, a Northern Ireland Under-21 international, but that might

be more with an eye to the future. Moyes said: “I would be

surprised if he was for the here and now but who knows?”