Smith inspires Toffees chief

Moyes is bidding to plug the huge financial gulf separating his

team from the top Premier League clubs. Smith has led Rangers to

two successive Scottish Premier League titles during a two-year

spell when the club’s debt prevented him buying a player. The

Rangers manager, who will make way for Ally McCoist later this

month, was able to bring players in at the start of this season but

saw the size of his squad reduced further. However, his team are

pushing Celtic all the way for the title, sitting a point ahead

having played a game more, despite being significantly outspent by

their Old Firm rivals. Given Rangers’ budget dwarves all their

other SPL rivals other than Celtic, Moyes – and Smith before him –

faced more frustrating constraints with Everton unable to compete

financially with the top English clubs. But Moyes has still led

Everton to four top-six finishes since replacing Smith at Goodison

Park in March 2002. “Managers have to work with no money

sometimes,” Moyes said. “To be a great manager doesn’t mean to say

that it’s because you have money and you buy players. “You also

have to find ways of winning without money and make the best out

your team, and I think that’s what Walter has done.” Former Celtic

defender Moyes, who was back in Glasgow for Sunday night’s PFA

Scotland awards dinner, added: “Walter has been someone I have

always looked up to. “When I played for the Scottish youth team a

long time ago it was Andy Roxburgh who was the manager and Walter

was the assistant. So I have sort of known him from those days.

“When I took the Everton job I had to make sure he was giving me my

blessing, that he was happy with that. “I have always found him a

really good guy. He will be one of the great Scottish managers,

that’s for sure. “Every time I see him I have to say: ‘How many

trophies have you won? They are coming out of your ears, there are

so many.’ “And here’s me standing here with none. One would be nice

for me and he’s got hundreds of them.” Everton sit seventh in the

table following their 1-1 draw at Wigan on Saturday, a position

many would argue is the best they can hope for given the financial

might of the clubs above them. Moyes’ future has been the subject

of much speculation this season after Everton endured a slow start

to the campaign, and last week reports linked him with Aston Villa.

But the 48-year-old remains determined to find ways to overcome the

financial disparities. “It’s been difficult because we don’t have

the cash to spend big,” Moyes said. “But that’s what you have to

do, you have to find other ways and try not to get yourself in a

position where you think you have no chance. “I have always hoped,

and I think everyone would, that football is not just about money.

Unfortunately it looks very much like that. “But I think real

football people would like to think that maybe there are some

people who can do it out there with no money, and find some players

from the lower leagues or non-league teams and can come in and have

that freshness to football that I think we were all brought up

with.”