Moyes expects to keep young duo

BY foxsports • February 21, 2010

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."

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