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David Moyes 'won't put Everton club at risk'
Published : 21 Aug 2011 12:52:41
David Moyes will not let his desire to compete with the Barclays Premier League's elite jeopardise Everton's long-term financial future. Everton's manager faced the media for the first time since May 22 and immediately backed chairman Bill Kenwright, who has come under fire from supporters for not providing Moyes with finance to improve his squad. The stark financial landscape facing Everton has been no secret, the only difference this year from previous summers is that any money generated has gone to Barclays after the bank forced the club to reduce their overdraft. Standing firm: Moyes won't let Everton become a selling club Moyes could bring in a big sum by selling Phil Jagielka to Arsenal but he is under no pressure from Barclays to do that, while the England defender has not given any indication he wants to leave. 'I would never let the club get in an order where we were going to get into some problems,' said Moyes, whose side play their first game of the season at home to Queens Park Rangers. 'I've got to say we get really well supported by our bank. I knowthe people at the top quite well and they are good people. I'm sure they will do everything they can to help us.' Moyes had four big targets he wanted to sign this summer, most notably Gervinho and Charles N'Zogbia, but keeping the current squad together was just as crucial, he said. 'I don't want to sell my top players as I want to keep us competitive,' Moyes said. 'If the bank come and say, 'Hey, we're shutting the doors', then of course I would have to (sell). Prize asset: Phil Jagielka won't be allowed to leave on the cheap 'But that is not the case. I wouldn't be sat in this chair now if I wasn't in control. I've got a really good chairman and we work hard together to try and get the best team we can.' Of Jagielka's situation, Moyes said: 'Jags has said to me that, unless it's something Everton want to do, he is not going to be the one who instigates (a move) and I certainly don't want to (sell him).' Jagielka was named by Kenwright duringan audience with a fans' group as being one of four players who would not be sold this summer. That meeting was secretly taped and a transcript which outlined the stark reality of the club's finances was posted on the internet this week. Everton considered taking legal action against the group called 'The Blue Union' and Moyes made no secret of the contempt he felt for the stunt they pulled. 'It is totally unacceptable to go in to what is a confidential meeting and tape the proceedings,' he said. 'Ireally feel for my chairman. He puts in the time, doesn't get paid for his job and puts his own money into the club.' CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEWe can't borrow any more money! Kenwright says Everton have no cash to buy players EVERTON v QPR: Coleman is Moyes' only casualty ahead of Toffees opening gameAll the latest Everton news, features and opinion