Everton are a better buy than Liverpool, says David Moyes
Published 22:45 08/05/10 By Simon Mullock
David Moyes has fired another broadside at Liverpool by insisting that Everton offer better value for any potential investors.
Both Merseyside clubs are scouring the financial markets for new backers, with Liverpool struggling to manage their £237million debts and Everton in need of cash that will enable Moyes to compete in the transfer market.
And the Goodison boss, who angered the Reds by heralding Everton as “the people’s club” when he took charge eight years ago, believes Everton are in a much better position to attract the money men.
Moyes said: “Obviously Liverpool have got a really big brand, but Everton are a steady football club and although we have some debt it isn’t anything like most other clubs have got.
“If you compared our wage bill to Liverpool’s, then I am sure they would be near the top while we would be 10th or 11th in that list - or even lower. So I think any new owners coming in would see that we are a club that has been run in the right way.
“We could take big steps forward without having to spend massive amounts of money because we have already got a team that can compete. I really do think we are more attractive and should be a target for any investor and I also know that our chairman Bill Kenwright is doing his best to bring in people.
“We’ve never had much money to spend here. I think I have spent something like £5m-a-year net in the eight years I’ve been at the club.
“Most managers have a time when it falls their way and they get money to spend.
“I believe that somewhere along the line, Bill and the board will succeed in bringing that money into Everton – and I just hope that an investor is just around the corner because I think we would be able to shock quite a few people with a bit more money to spend on the team.”
Despite his frustrations over a lack of cash, Moyes has not had his head turned by claims Manchester United have earmarked him as the replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 47-year-old Scot remains loyal to the Goodison cause because Kenwright gives him control of team affairs.
Moyes said: “I am loyal to Everton because they have given me the chance to build a football club. I’m not sure how many other managers have been given the chance I’ve had, apart from Sir Alex.
“There was Bobby Robson, who had 13 years at Ipswich and Brian Clough had 12 years at Nottingham Forest.
“It’s no coincidence all those managers had great success, but these are the days when an awful lot of things in football are decided my money.
“If you haven’t got money then you need time – and that’s what Bill Kenwright has given me at Everton. “
Moyes added: “Fergie always preaches that a manager should have control of the football side of the club and I do have that control.
“But I don’t control the finances so it was impossible to keep players like Rooney and Lescott. I know a lot of clubs would like someone like Jack Rodwell. But I don’t think the board would sell him without my permission.”