Toffees boss plays down Villa link

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Everton manager David Moyes has moved to quash rumours linking him with the Aston Villa job.

Speculation has mounted ahead of the expected announcement that current boss Gerard Houllier will depart Villa Park by mutual consent following a recent heart scare.

Assuming the 63-year-old Frenchman will vacate the Villa post, Moyes' name has been placed firmly in the frame to take over, after nine long years and counting at Goodison Park.

The 48-year-old Scot is believed to be frustrated at the lack of resources at Everton, as he faces another summer of having to sell to generate funds for a new striker.

However, Moyes has reiterated his commitment to the Toffees cause, though didn't pass up the opportunity to send a message to the Everton board.


"As far as I know I’m here and I’m the manager," he said. "I want to have a club, though, where I can give the supporters something, I really do.

"I want a good, fresh challenge when we come back next summer and hopefully that will be the case."

Having finished the season in seventh place, just outside the European qualification places, Everton are looking to lose their 'slow-starters' tag in a bid to push themselves up the Barclays Premier League table next season.

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