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Thursday, 14 March, 2002, 21:01 GMT
Finney praises Moyes
Sir Tom Finney and David Moyes
Sir Tom rates Moyes highly as a manager
Exclusive by BBC Sport Online's Paul Fletcher

Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney has said new Everton manager David Moyes can guide the Toffees to Premiership survival.

If anyone can keep Everton in the Premiership David Moyes can
Sir Tom Finney
Moyes left Preston on Thursday after four years in charge at Deepdale to take over as manager at struggling Everton.

The Toffees are hovering perilously close to the relegation zone and their new boss has just nine games to ensure they retain their proud top-flight status.

But Sir Tom, president of Preston North End, said Everton had got the right man.

"Losing David is a big blow and very disappointing for Preston," Sir Tom told BBC Sport Online.

"But if anyone can keep Everton up he can. I rate him very highly as a manager - in a short time at Preston he did a fantastic job.

"He is the sort of lad who likes a challenge and he has certainly got one at Everton."

Mutual respect

Moyes was always quick to point out during his period as manager at Deepdale that he felt Sir Tom was the most important figure as far as Preston North End was concerned.

But Sir Tom is full of respect for what Moyes achieved at Deepdale.

In his four years as manager, Moyes guided Preston from Division Two mediocrity to within 90 minutes of the Premiership.

"David has had a tremendous effect on Preston's fortunes and is responsible for the success they have had over the last four years.

"In his stint as Preston boss he did and achieved so much. The club is in a far better state than when he took over as boss.

"He leaves a very young side, he made some shrewd buys and got the best out of the players he had."

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