David Moyes won’t be taking anything for granted in tonight’s Carling Cup match with Sheffield United, with the Toffees manager admitting that the tie shows what can go wrong when a club faces financial troubles.
Everton have tightened their purse strings this summer, with the club not making any purchases in the transfer window, other than re-signing Eric Dier on loan.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, are a club still suffering from their downfall from the Barclays Premier League four years ago. The side have made a positive start in Npower League One this season, and Moyes said he can see through the Blades’ plight that keeping a top quality squad is particularly important to staying in the top flight.
“They are a big club in their own right, they will bring decent support with them and they will see it as an opportunity,” Moyes said in preparation for the match.
“But it also shows you what can happen. You can be a big club but if you don’t do things correctly and don’t do the right things, you can find yourself in League One.
“They are a club with a big fan base, from a big city. I am sure that they didn’t plan it to go that way. We have to make sure that we are not one of the big sides who can quite quickly slip away.”
Moyes said that despite a tough start to the season – the Toffees lost 0-1 to top-flight newcomers QPR – the side will find their form and get back on track to bettering their usual sixth place finish.
“I think we have a good enough squad to make sure we are healthy enough,” he said.
“I think we have a good group of players and I would expect them to come together.
“Everton have been in the top flight as long as any club I can think of but we have to be aware that we need to keep working hard.”
Moyes insists though the Toffees won’t be taking United lightly tonight, despite the teams being separated by three tiers of football.
He added: “At Everton we have always put out a strong team in the cups and I would desperately like to win a trophy for the supporters.
“They are playing with confidence and are passing the ball really well. This is a difficult tie, a really difficult tie.”