Moyes meets Everton chairman as United move edges closer

2013-05-09 08:56

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright cut a resigned figure after meeting manager David Moyes late yesterday, admitting he could do little to prevent the Scot from making the seemingly inevitable move to Manchester United.

Moyes was quickly installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Alex Ferguson, British football’s most successful manager, who announced he was quitting the Old Trafford hot seat yesterday after more than 26 trophy-laden years in charge.

The odds on the Everton boss tumbled quickly throughout the day with one British bookmaker making the Scot 1-25 odds-on favourite, while others closed the market as money was instead spent on trying to predict his replacement at Goodison Park.

Some British media reported that the deal for Moyes could be announced as early as this morning.

“I don’t know about a deal being done. David had a meeting scheduled with me and it was a good meeting,” Kenwright told Sky Sports News after leaving his office just before 11pm.

“At the end of the day David’s contract is up in six weeks and he has a right to make his own decisions.

“He has served this club wonderfully well and he has a right to make his decision.”

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho had briefly shared favourite status with Moyes but the odds on the Portuguese drifted out to 10-1 by the end of the day.

Kenwright said Moyes would definitely be in charge for Everton’s next game at home to West Ham United on Saturday.

Everton close out their campaign away to Chelsea on May 19 as Ferguson oversees his 1 500th game when United visit West Bromwich Albion.

Ferguson will stay on at Old Trafford as an ambassador and director at the 20-times English champions and United may also require the 71-year-old to act as a mediator should Moyes replace him.

Swamped under the Ferguson headlines, reports surfaced in British media yesterday that United striker Wayne Rooney had once again asked to leave Old Trafford.

Rooney began his career at Everton under Moyes, but the two subsequently fell out over an account in Rooney’s autobiography of how the player came to leave Everton and sign for United.

Rooney was not for sale, a Manchester United spokesman said yesterday.

The striker criticised United’s ambition in 2010 before performing a U-turn and signing a five-year contract extension days later.

Rooney’s form has been varied this season and he has often sat on the bench for key games.

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