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Moyes quashes Villa link

Everton boss staying at Goodison Park

By James Riach.   Last Updated: 11/08/10 12:28pm

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Moyes: Everton loyalty

Moyes: Everton loyalty

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Everton manager David Moyes has quashed speculation linking him with the vacant managerial post at Aston Villa.

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The Scot had been linked with the job at Villa Park following the shock departure of Martin O'Neill earlier in the week.

O'Neill abruptly left his post in the Midlands just days before the start of the new Premier League season, amid reports the Northern Irishman had become frustrated with the club's transfer plans.

Villa midfielder and England international James Milner has long been linked with a switch to Manchester City, and with O'Neill reluctant to sell, the willingness of the club to reportedly let go one of their key man could have been an influencing factor in his decision.

However, club director general Charles Krulak has recently been openly critical of O'Neill's choice to step down, claiming there was always money to spend in the transfer market.

O'Neill had been with Villa since taking the reins back in 2006, and owner Randy Lerner is now on the lookout for a new boss, with Moyes touted as a name in the frame.

But the 47-year-old coach, who has been at Goodison Park for more than eight years, has reaffirmed his loyalty to Everton and dismissed the link.

"I am loyal to Everton, I've always said that," he said.

"It is a really good club and this year we have a really good team and we have a good chance of doing well."

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Everton have been solid top-flight performers under the stewardship of Moyes in recent years, finishing the campaign in eighth last term.

The news will come as a major boost to Toffees fans, with Moyes held in high regard by the blue half of Merseyside.

Villa, meanwhile, take on West Ham in the league on Saturday and are likely to go into the game without a manager unless they act swiftly to appoint a successor to O'Neill.

The likes of Sven-Goran Eriksson, Alan Curbishley, Martin Jol, Bob Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann have all been linked with the job, and the club are expected to make an announcement on Wednesday about the situation.

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