Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is confident of keeping manager David Moyes at the club.
The Scot’s contract is up at the end of the season, and he has, so far, refused to discuss a new deal.
He is believed to be keen to weigh up his options, amid rumoured interest from a number of Premier League clubs and some European sides.
But, Kenwright is hopeful that he can convince the coach to stay on, and is looking forward to opening discussions with him over the summer:
“He’s made a simple statement, give me to the end of the season,” he told Sky Sports.
“He knows in making that statement it’s not the easiest one for the football club and he’s acknowledged that to me. But he also knows the respect I have for him.
“So hopefully in seven weeks when the last match is played we can have the five minutes that David has alluded to for the last six months or so that will sort out a new contract, a new adventure, and keep David at the football club.”
Should Moyes elect to move on, the Toffees will have to search for a new manager ahead of next season.
Asked if discussions about a new boss had occurred, Kenwright said:
“Does the phone ring? Yes. What is my response? My response is very simple – Everton Football Club has its manager.”
Moyes is rumoured to have concerns over the long-term ambition of Everton, with a number of the club’s top players having left through the years and funds for new additions rarely being in place.
Marouane Fellaini is the latest Goodison Park star to be linked with a move, with Chelsea said to be interested.
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