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Last Updated: Friday, 15 October, 2004, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
Moyes wins manager of the month
Everton boss David Moyes
Everton's David Moyes has won the manager of the month award for September after guiding his side to third place in the Premiership.

Moyes picked up maximum points with wins at Manchester City and Portsmouth and a home win against Middlesbrough.

A spokesman said: "It has been a fantastic start to the season. Many people thought Everton were relegation candidates after a difficult summer.

"They have silenced their critics under Moyes' intelligent management."

The decision was made by the Barclays awards panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.

Moyes is close to signing a new four-year contract at Everton after he revealed talks with chairman Bill Kenwright were progressing well.

The Scot wants to be assured about the level of new investment in the club from the Fortress Sports Fund before commiting his long-term future to Goodison Park.

Moyes said: "It's important because it means the team's been doing well. It has been terrific and hopefully we'll get many more to come.

"It's not just myself. It's a team effort behind the scenes at Everton."

Interview: Everton boss David Moyes

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