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Joleon Lescott move still annoys Everton manager Moyes

Joleon Lescott and David Moyes
Lescott played under Moyes for three years at Goodison Park

David Moyes said Everton's 2-0 win over Manchester City was made even sweeter following defender Joleon Lescott's transfer to Eastlands in the summer.

Writing in the matchday programme on Saturday, Toffees boss Moyes said the Mancunian club had acted with "no class" after Lescott moved for £22m.

"I think you enjoy wins when you feel you have not been treated right," said Moyes after the match.

"I will do that but it has all gone now and I will try and move on."

Moyes had accused City of "breaking rules" in their protracted pursuit of England defender Lescott, although he did not specify how transfer regulations had been broken.

"Manchester City treated us with little respect and broke rules," stated Moyes.

"I found it very difficult to accept that a club with so many similarities to Everton should suddenly start acting with no class.


"It was not so long ago that City were very similar, in financial terms, to most teams."

He added: "But then a couple of changes of ownership at the club saw things change quickly for them. With that comes a great deal of expectation."

On Sunday, a Premier League spokesman confirmed Everton had at no point made contact with them about City.

It is understood it would take a formal complaint from a club for them to look into the matter further.

Lescott, 27, missed City's defeat at Goodison Park because of a knee injury.

He signed a five-year contract with City in August 2009 after a long-drawn-out transfer saga in a deal that made him the second most expensive English defender, after Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand.

In the run-up to the move Moyes described City's pursuit of the centre-back as "disgusting".

"It has not been handled correctly from over there [City]," he said.

It was not so long ago that City were very similar, in financial terms, to most teams

Everton manager David Moyes

However, Mark Hughes, Manchester City boss at the time of the transfer, defended his club's pursuit of the defender.

"We feel we are doing things the right way and through the proper channels," he stated.

"I'm not surprised David feels a bit aggrieved with the situation - you always are when a big club is trying to sign one of your best players."

The Everton boss also criticised Lescott at the time, saying the defender had shown "poor attitude" before joining the Manchester club.

Lescott later described Moyes' comments as "disappointing" and "inaccurate".

The centre-back, who has eight England caps, joined Everton from his first club Wolves for £5m in 2006.

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see also
Everton 2-0 Man City
16 Jan 10 |  Premier League
Saturday's football photos
16 Jan 10 |  Football
Saturday football as it happened
16 Jan 10 |  Football
Lescott out for up to two months
16 Dec 09 |  Man City
Lescott unhappy with Moyes claims
26 Aug 09 |  Man City
Lescott completes Man City move
25 Aug 09 |  Man City
Moyes drops Lescott over attitude
19 Aug 09 |  Everton
Hughes defends chase for Lescott
16 Aug 09 |  Man City
Lescott completes Everton switch
14 Jun 06 |  Everton

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