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Are David Moyes and Everton set for a split?


David Moyes’ future at Everton is becoming increasingly more ominous.

With Moyes’ contract set to expire this summer, Toffee reserve team manager Alan Stubbs attempted to offer insight on his boss’ future in a discussion with talkSPORT. “It’s irrelevant where Everton finish in terms of whether David Moyes stays,” Stubbs said. “The manager would love to finish in fourth place because that would get them into the Champions League.

“But the decision is more off the pitch rather than on the pitch. It will be about his budget. He’ll want assurances about what players get sold and the amount of money that he’ll get to spend from those transfers.”

Stubbs’ words will do little to reduce the stress of Evertonians who are concerned their manager won’t be returning for a 12th season at Goodison Park. When Moyes last spoke on the matter this past February, the manager seemed to indicate that his decision to resign would largely hinge on what transpires on the pitch. “I’ve spoken with the chairman and I want to see how the team do,” Moyes said. “I want to see how we do in the cups and the league and it is more than likely that I won’t make a decision until the end of the season”.

Stubbs’ comments indicate that Moyes has finally had it with managing a club on a shoe-string budget. While the Scot is said to get along well with frugal owner, Bill Kenwright, it should be of no surprise that Moyes would like to spread his wings at a club with strong financial backing. Unless Kenwright – who has long been rumored to be disinterested in hearing offers from prospective buyers – loosens his grip on the club he so famously loves, he might just lose the best asset he owns.

Moyes’ decision to move on will likely depend on what jobs become available. Past whispers have spun tales of interest from clubs ranging from Manchester United to Schalke to Chelsea. Then again, perhaps the eyebrowless wizard will pull a Pep Guardiola and take a break from the game. Either way you cut it, it now appears that the ball is completely on Kenwright’s side of the pitch.

Here’s to hoping he doesn’t commit a howler.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.

Agent: Liverpool contacted Klopp only after Rodgers firing

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As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.

However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”

It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.