Moyes returns Coyle praise

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Everton boss David Moyes has reacted to compatriot Owen Coyle's praise of him by voicing his mutual respect.

Scotsman insists respect is mutual ahead of Reebok meeting

Everton boss David Moyes has reacted to compatriot Owen Coyle's praise of him by voicing his mutual respect. Bolton boss Coyle this week claimed his fellow Scotsman is "capable of managing any team in world football" ahead of their meeting at the Reebok on Sunday. Despite five defeats in their last seven outings, the Trotters are well-placed in eighth position and Moyes has mirrored Coyle's claims of coaching at the top. Moyes said: "It's very kind of him but there are a lot of young, promising managers out there who would like to be given opportunities and I am sure if Owen keeps doing what he is doing, he'll be competing at the highest level. "He already is with what he is doing at Bolton - he will be pleased with the way it is going. "His team are playing great. He took them over in a really difficult position last year and got them away from relegation. He has had a great year in the job, done really well. "He has had good success, his team is close to the top end of the league and have been close to winning big games."

Contrast

The Toffees, by contrast, have been off their usual pace this season, but an away win would lift them from 12th position and above Bolton on goal difference. After almost nine successful years in charge at Goodison Park, Moyes believes Coyle can emulate his success by taking Bolton to the next level and keeping them there. "Owen has been looking up most of the year," he said. "They've been there, we've not been. We've been looking a lot higher than that, trying to catch them up. "Teams like Bolton have done great but they are always going to have a period when things maybe just go through a difficult spell. "But they have certainly consolidated as a club. They have been in the Premier League about 10 years now and certainly kept their heads above water. They have really progressed."

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