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Departing Everton boss David Moyes would not hesitate to recommend members of his current coaching staff to succeed him.

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David Moyes: Departing Everton for Manch

David Moyes: Departing Everton for Manch

Departing Everton boss David Moyes would not hesitate to recommend members of his current coaching staff as candidates to succeed him.

Moyes, who is leaving the Merseyside outfit this summer after over 11 years in charge to replace the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, has made it clear he is happy to offer Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright assistance in the search for a new manager at Goodison Park.

Among those being linked with the job are Alan Stubbs, David Weir and Duncan Ferguson - all former Everton players that are presently part of the backroom team.

And asked today if he would recommend members of that team to Kenwright, Moyes said: "I would always recommend the people who are around me.

"A lot of them know how the workings of the building (at the training ground) are, how we move things forward and the restraints the club has, so it is easy for them to deal with that.

"We (Moyes and Kenwright) speak a couple of times on the phone, and if he has anything to say or wants me to help him, I will do so."

The 50-year-old stressed his confidence that Kenwright will "get it right" when he appoints the new manager, and Moyes added: "I think continuity at every club is important.

"You can't always just have a complete clean slate and start again.

"But these are questions you need to wait to ask the chairman about when the time comes."

Kenwright vowed at Everton's end of season awards ceremony last night that Moyes' work at the club would not be allowed to go to waste, saying of the Scot: "When he came to me, when we first met on my sofa 11 years ago, he said, 'chairman, you're not going to go down.'

"Well, we didn't go down and he's kept us there (in the Premier League) and taken us forward.

"And although we will miss him like there's no tomorrow, I promise you David, we will maintain what you have started. I personally will not let you down."

Another name that has been mentioned in relation to the Everton post is that of current captain Phil Neville, who reports have suggested Kenwright wants to be part of the new management structure.

There has also been talk of Moyes taking Neville with him to United - the club the 36-year-old defender departed for Goodison Park in 2005. Neville announced last month that his career as a Toffees player would not extend beyond this season, and he will be on the England Under-21s coaching team at the European Championships in Israel this summer.

Moyes - speaking this afternoon at a press conference to preview his last match as Everton manager, Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea - said of Neville: "He is a great man. He is someone who has been a great player and is a great ambassador for the club.

"If Phil Neville could take a job up anywhere...he is really, really good at what he does, he is going through his coaching badges just now and he would be a good choice for any club."

Moyes - today once again not taking questions on United, as has been the case since it was confirmed last week that he will be succeeding Ferguson - also confirmed that Neville has already played his final game for Everton, with him not being fit enough to feature in Sunday's contest.

Neville misses out due to the knee problem that has been sidelining him recently, while a knee complaint will also prevent midfielder Leon Osman from being involved.

Everton, consistent top-eight finishers under Moyes, go into the game knowing they cannot be moved from sixth spot.


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