Everton’s Phil Jagielka wants derby triumph for David Moyes
Everton defender Phil Jagielka urges the Toffees to win this Sunday's Merseyside derby for their manager David Moyes
Phil Jagielka has urged Everton to win Sunday’s Merseyside derby for David Moyes amid growing speculation the Scot could leave the club in the summer.
The 50-year-old is yet to pen a new deal at Goodison Park, with his current contract set expire at the end of the season as Everton look to secure a top-six finish.
The Toffees will finish the season ahead of the Reds should they manage a first win at Anfield in 14 years this weekend, and Jagielka wants his team-mates to put in a big performance for their boss.
“No one knows what the manager is going to do at the end of the season, so if it is going to be his last game as Everton manager at Liverpool then it would be nice to send him off in style,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“But it’s not just about him it’s about the squad as well, and we’d all love to go there and perform the way we have for most of the season and come out on the right side.”
Jagielka is also pleased with Everton’s recent defensive performances, with the Toffees securing four successive shutouts after a 1-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday.
“It’s nice to get a few clean sheets on the spin, especially at home. It does ease the nerves a little bit. We were going through a stage where we couldn’t buy one so it’s nice to grab them now.
“Hopefully we can carry that on throughout the rest of the season and keep pushing as far as possible.
“We played a lot better football probably for the first half of the season. The pitches were a bit better back then.”