TIM HOWARD admits that persuading David Moyes to sign a new contract is vital to Everton FC’s hopes of success.
The USA goalkeeper, left, insists the importance of Moyes’ stewardship cannot be over-estimated, and likened the potential difficulty of replacing him at Goodison with Manchester United’s search for a successor to Alex Ferguson.
Moyes maintains he is in no hurry to sign a new deal with the clock ticking down on his contract expiring next summer.
Speculation about his future will continue to grow although both Moyes and chairman Bill Kenwright have been keen to emphasise their daily discussions.
Howard, however, is desperate to see his manager tied-down on Merseyside.
“Obviously for us to go forward and have what we have, we need him to be steering the ship. It’s vital to keep him.
“I remember talking about this the last time he signed a contract, about how important he is to us.
“The next person who comes in after David Moyes is going to have a very difficult job because the gaffer has done brilliant here.
“When you have longevity and success, it’s hard to match. It’s a very similar situation here at Everton to United and after Ferguson.”
Everton are arguably in their best position during Moyes’ 10½-year reign but he is keen to see how things develop before beginning contract negotiations.
“No doubt I will be asked the question every week but I’m in no great hurry,” said the Toffees boss.
“I just want the season to go on, see how we do and overall if we do well it will make things a lot easier.
“I want to see how we are progressing and also I don’t want supporters to get too sick of seeing the same manager all the time.
“I am not (concerned) but I can understand maybe people will be.
“I can understand why at this time people would say it is quite close but all I can say is I’ve been here over 10 years now, we’ve worked really hard together with the club and we’ll continue to do so.”
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