Moyes envious of Spurs progress

Moyes envious of Spurs progress

Published Jan. 11, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

Everton manager David Moyes admits it is "sad" his club has not been able to keep pace with the progress made by Tottenham.

The Scot believes Harry Redknapp's side is a genuine title contender, but remembers a time not so long ago when the two clubs were battling it out for European qualification.

But while Tottenham has built on its Champions League debut last season and can move within three points of Barclays Premier League leader Manchester City with a win on Wednesday at White Hart Lane (live on Fox Soccer, 2:30pm), Everton is mid-table and 18 points behind their host.

And Moyes knows counterpart Harry Redknapp has benefited from having access to one thing he has not - money.


"It is a little bit sad they are starting to pull away from us a little bit more than I would like," Moyes said.

"I think it was only three or four years ago us and Tottenham were competing neck-and-neck for European places.

"It is frustrating because all managers will tell you when you are close and competing with teams you never like to see them go away from you, but we are looking at them going away from us at this present time.

"They have continued to kick on and over the years they have got in some really good players. Rafael Van der Vaart is one and Scott Parker another recently.

"Tottenham, arguably, might be the biggest spenders in the Premier League - they have always supported whoever the manager has been.

"Football will always come back around sometime and some day hopefully they will be looking at the back of us.

"At the moment it unfortunately looks as if you need a bit of finance to get it back, but it would be nice to think we could do it the way we have done it.

"We will work really hard and try to bring in players, produce our own players here, work with them, develop them and try to make them better.

"That is how we do it at Everton, we don't do it any other way."

Moyes can only look on enviously at the resources which have been made available to Redknapp, who signed Parker from West Ham for £5million and brought in Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan.

Moyes brought in Royston Drenthe and the unknown Denis Stracqualursi on loan and added free agent Marcus Hahnemann as goalkeeping cover.

However, he concedes that money is not solely responsible for Tottenham's success.

"They have a really good team and are title contenders. I think Harry mentioned it last season that he thought he was quite close," he added.

"I agreed with him because I thought we had a good chance last year of making the Champions League.

"Harry has come in and done a brilliant job with them and that is why, more than likely, it might see him become England manager.

"I think it would be great for England and deservedly so because he has a really exciting team, I think a team I would probably pay to go to watch,

"What they are doing and the way they are playing is terrific."

Wednesday's match was originally scheduled for the opening day of the season but had to be postponed because of the riots in London.

Moyes would have much preferred to be playing Spurs in August instead of now, but having lost just once in their last five visits, the Everton manager remains positive.

"By Harry's own recognition they were not in the best shape in the first few weeks of the season," Moyes said. "But it didn't happen so we have got the game now.

"Over the years the games have always been tight. Harry knows when he plays Everton his team have to play well to get a result and we will have to play really well because they are a very good side."

Moyes may have to make do without Seamus Coleman at White Hart Lane.

The Irish midfielder limped out of the FA Cup victory over Tamworth to join the growing ranks of injured players.

Phil Jagielka (knee), Leon Osman (foot), Jack Rodwell (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (groin), Tim Cahill (groin) and Ross Barkley (knee) were absent on Saturday and all six are likely to be missing again.

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker (knee) remains a doubt.

Centre-half Ledley King (hamstring) is also not match fit.

Defender William Gallas and midfielder Sandro remain out with calf strains.