Leighton Baines: Everton will recover from David Moyes departure

Everton defender Leighton Baines says the Toffees will recover from the loss of David Moyes to Manchester United

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David Moyes will take over at United on 1 July Photo: Back Page Images

Leighton Baines insists Everton will recover from the loss of manager David Moyes to Manchester United.

The 50-year-old agreed to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at the Red Devils and will pen a six-year deal at Old Trafford on 1 July.

Mark Hughes and Roberto Martínez are among the names to have been linked with the vacant Everton position over the past week.

And although Baines admits Moyes’ departure is a blow, the England international has urged the Toffees to build on the foundations laid by the Scot at Goodison Park over the past 11 years.

“It’s a massive loss to lose the manager,” Baines told Everton’s website.

“It was a sad day after the last game at Goodison particularly because you’ve been working with him for so long, he’s always around, he’s such a hard worker and he doesn’t miss a beat.

“It will be so strange the day we walk through the door and he’s not there. But football clubs live on and we’ll live on, we’ll move on.

“We’ll always remember what he did for the club and where he’s put us, but it’s up to the rest of us, the people who remain and the people who come in, to take it forward now and build on the foundations he’s worked hard to put in.”

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