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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 March 2006, 13:13 GMT
Moyes link to Newcastle dismissed
David Moyes
Moyes signed a five-year contract last season
Everton and Newcastle have rejected speculation that David Moyes may take over as boss at St James' Park.

Goodison chairman Bill Kenwright and Newcastle counterpart Freddy Shepherd joined forces to confirm there would be no move from the Tyneside club.

Kenwright insisted the claims were "fabrication and total nonsense."

And Shepherd said: "I have phoned Bill Kenwright to say Newcastle have not approached David Moyes, and will not approach David Moyes."

Moyes was at the centre of widespread speculation that he will be approached to permanently succeed Graeme Souness.

But an Everton spokesman told BBC Sport: "We have had no approach from Newcastle for David Moyes nor would we welcome or encourage any."

Moyes has guided Everton into contention for a Uefa Cup place after a poor start to the season.

Souness was sacked by the Magpies in February, with Glenn Roeder taking charge of first-team affairs until the end of the season.

Martin O'Neill is understood to be chairman Freddy Shepherd's first choice for the job, but Moyes was touted as a surprise contender.

Moyes signed a five-year contract at Everton only last season.

He only recently paid tribute to Everton chairman Bill Kenwright for his loyalty when the club went out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage and the Uefa first round.

Kenwright insisted there was never any doubt about Moyes' future, despite more struggles over Christmas.

He told the BBC: "This is the guy who is helping us get back where we belong. Life is about highs and lows and there are going to be lows.

"There was never any question about whether he was the guy to get us back and going again. It was when rather than if."


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