The King Power Stadium

Next Game

Leicester v Everton

Sunday, 27 July 2014, 12:00

Friendly Match

Prenton Park

Last Game

Tranmere 2 - 2 Everton

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 19:45

Friendly Match

Jagielka hails Moyes legacy

Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes David Moyes will leave behind a great platform for his successor to build on.

Last Updated: 13/05/13 at 16:24 Post Comment

David Moyes: Leaving Everton for Manchester United

David Moyes: Leaving Everton for Manchester United

Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes departing manager David Moyes will leave behind a great platform for his successor to build on.

The Toffees captain-elect, taking over the armband on a full-time basis next season with Phil Neville also leaving, thinks the new man's first phone call should be to Old Trafford to thank the newly-installed Manchester United boss.

Moyes got the perfect send-off on his final Goodison Park appearance in charge of Everton with a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham.

It was a performance the manager felt was worthy of a top-four team and while Everton are currently six points and several players short of that sort of recognition Jagielka insists they can approach the future with optimism.

"The guy has been here 11 years and has transformed the playing staff, the coaching staff, the facilities from top to bottom," said the centre-back.

"In the changing room we are obviously all gutted he will be leaving us next season but we understand the way football is.

"Frustrations must have been high. Teams around us that are potentially not doing as well but getting more finances made it a tough couple of years.

"To the same extent he has probably had the best squad he's had for a long time but he is still leaving that behind and we are still looking forward to next season."

The England international said it was impossible to assess just how big a void Moyes' departure would leave.

"That's a question I can't answer. Ask me in six months or a year's time and we'll find out," he added.

"At the moment he has done a lot for the cub but he is leaving it in a great state.

"For the manager who comes in his first phone call should probably be to David Moyes to thank him for the squad he put together.

"It is going to be an interesting summer to see who does come in but we are proud to have had David Moyes as our manager.

"There are only two players who he hasn't brought in and even those two - Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman - have gone on to have great careers.

"He has done a lot for everyone, not just the players here but others who have gone on to do other things and win trophies - the manager has a big role to play in a lot of people's careers."

Despite not managing to bring a trophy to Everton during his 11 years in charge Moyes is proud of his achievements at the club.

He feels he has benefited immensely from the support he has had at boardroom level and a six-year contract at Old Trafford suggests the United hierarchy have similar faith.

What they will get in return is full-blooded commitment and dedication from a man Neville, who also worked under Sir Alex Ferguson, described yesterday as the hardest-working man he had ever met.

"Because I've been given time and not had any knee-jerk directors, chairman or owners telling me what to do and when to do it I think I have been allowed to get on with my job here," said the Scot.

"That has allowed me to evolve and develop myself. Every year I try to become a better manager and coach, I try to work harder if I can to see if there is a solution to it.

"I think I might have mellowed but I don't know if that is a good thing - I think I might be better if I was a 'baddie' all the time.

"I am still intense but I hope I use it in the right time and right way.

"I try to improve and try to get better every year. The big thing for me is Everton have improved year in, year out."

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce may have been disappointed with his side's performance but was satisfied with their season overall with one match to play.

"I've really enjoyed this season and because we had such a fantastic start we have never been in a threatening position from a relegation point of view," he said.

"That is a massive relief for you as a manager and your players and your club and that in itself has taken us into our position of 10th with one game to go.

"We have never been lower than 12th so it has been an outstanding season for us.

"We have to find more talent and make the squad bigger and better."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will move on without Luis Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no bad blood between the club and the outgoing Luis Suarez.

Transfer news: Liverpool appear to be close to completing a deal for Loic Remy

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Loic Remy with the French forward reportedly having his medical in Boston.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward says Manchester United are still global giant

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward insists the club are still the biggest in the world.

Mail Box

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

Goodbye Patrice And Farewell Steven...

Man United fans say a fond farewell to Patrice Evra in the mailbox while there are also thoughts on Steven Gerrard's retirement from England duty. Plus, some rare cricket bantz...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property