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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 November 2005, 09:31 GMT
Everton warn Rangers over Moyes
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Everton have warned Rangers they will not welcome any move for boss David Moyes if Alex McLeish fails to survive his brief stay of execution.

McLeish has been given until the start of December to save his job.

And Moyes has been linked with the post, although BBC Sport understands Charlton's Alan Curbishley would be a top target for the Scottish giants.

Everton spokesman Ian Ross told BBC Sport: "We have not had any contact from Rangers nor would we welcome any."

Moyes - who played for great rivals Celtic - signed a new five-year contract at Everton last season and then guided them to fourth place in the Premiership and into the Champions League qualifiers.

But they have struggled this season, going out of the Champions League against Villarreal and then in the first round of the Uefa Cup against Dinamo Bucharest.

Moyes, however, has retained the faith of Everton's board and fans and has sparked a mini-revival with wins against Birmingham and Middlesbrough.

Everton chief executive Keith Wyness added: "David Moyes is under contract here at Goodison Park for the next four years, and after the progress that has been made since his arrival, everyone here at the club hopes he sees that out."

McLeish is under pressure after a poor start to the season, but was given two weeks to save his job after talks with Gers chairman David Murray.

Charlton refused to comment on speculation claiming Curbishley was first choice, although former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has also been linked.


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