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David Moyes must be given money to spend at Everton or he"ll be off

Everton must let Moyes splash the cash or face losing him

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 30 December 2012

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There was a theory doing the rounds yesterday that Everton have to secure a place in the Champions League to keep David Moyes at Goodison Park beyond this season.

If so, anxiety levels in and around Goodison are likely to rise sharply between now and May, as Moyes monitors Everton’s position in the Barclays Premier League and ponders his future.

There is a way of cutting short the waiting time, though, and ensuring the unthinkable is not allowed to happen.

Cold feet Everton manager David Moyes could be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park if he doesn't get a decent transfer kitty in January

Cold feet Everton manager David Moyes could be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park if he doesn't get a decent transfer kitty in January

A simple pledge of transfer funds for next month’s window ought to do it. Easier said than done, of course, given Everton’s modest resources but Bill Kenwright has found ways of delivering for his manager in the past and must pull out all the stops to do so again.

Fortunately for all concerned, the Everton chairman doubles up as a fan, as devoted as they come, and will, it is safe to assume, hand over every penny he can lay his hands on.

As a fan who sits on the front row of the directors’ box and kicks every ball, Kenwright will also appreciate why facilitating his manager’s wishes next month is so crucial to a project that has been a decade in the making.

Everton have flirted with the Champions League before, only to falter at the qualifying stage, but a breakthrough is surely closer than ever.

So close: Nikica Jelavic rues a late missed chance as Everton pushed for an equaliser in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

So close: Nikica Jelavic rues a late missed chance as Everton pushed for an equaliser in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

It is tantalisingly close, as was evident in an epic battle with Chelsea that eloquently argued the case for and against their prospects of finishing in the top four.

It was gripping stuff, a classic Premier League encounter that both illustrated how Everton’s strongest starting XI can be a match for anyone and exposed their need for greater strength in depth.

Moyes (right) wants to address the latter as a matter of urgency and needs no reminding of the perils of relying on a wafer-thin squad.

Injuries to the likes of Phil Neville, Seamus Coleman and Darron Gibson and a suspension for Marouane Fellaini — by no means an uncommon roll call at this stage of the season — left him glancing over his shoulder at a bench containing the likes of Bryan Oviedo, Apostolos Vellios and untried 18-year-old Tyias Browning.

Ill timed: An injury to captain Phil Neville didn't help Moyes in the Chelsea game

Ill timed: An injury to captain Phil Neville didn't help Moyes in the Chelsea game

Everton still ran rejuvenated Chelsea close, despite the telling absence of the influential Fellaini, yet, as limbs tired and managers looked for reinforcements, the two camps were shown to be poles apart.

While Everton’s replacements had the look of reserves about them, Rafa Benitez was able to choose between Oscar and Victor Moses for an injection of attacking impetus, or Paulo Ferreira to lend an experienced steadying hand at the back.

Little wonder that Everton’s challenge ultimately ran out of steam, and Moyes was left venting his frustration on referee Howard Webb’s failure to spot an added-time foul on the edge of the area that denied his side the chance of an equaliser.

However, Moyes did give the much-maligned Respect campaign’s tarnished image a welcome shot in the arm by apologising for a post-match rant at Webb, making amends immediately with a show of remorse that may spare him any disciplinary action.

Frustration: Moyes was annoyed that referee Howard Webb missed a foul on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area in injury time

Frustration: Moyes was annoyed that referee Howard Webb missed a foul on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area in injury time

‘I did have words with the referee when I was coming off,’ said Moyes, whose side missed the opportunity to move into the top four.

‘I was wrong to do so and I apologised about it to him afterwards. I just thought there was a foul by Frank Lampard on Leon Osman on the edge of the box in the 92nd minute but he didn’t give it.

‘The way the game went, the players deserved to get something out of it because they played ever so well. It was harsh on us.’

There will doubtless be words with Kenwright, too, in the coming days, and the answers Moyes gets could determine whether one of the Premier League’s most enduring and fruitful partnerships continues to thrive into a second decade.

Martin Jol send staff to check up on Fulham squad

No rest at the Cottage as Jol sends coaching staff to check up on Fulham players

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 29 May 2012

Martin Jol is making sure his Fulham squad don't enjoy an easy summer by sending his coaching staff to check on their fitness.

The Fulham boss has given his players exercise programmes and heart monitors to ensure they stay in shape to report for pre-season training on July 9.

Summer schedule: Jol will keep tabs on his squad over the break

Summer schedule: Jol will keep tabs on his squad over the break

Jol told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad: 'The players are on holiday but we have a summer programme for them to do while they are away. We have one fitness coach for every four players to watch over their schedules.

'They have been given exercises and heart monitors to keep a check. Maybe some of the players may think they could put the heart monitor around their dog's neck and then when they come back for pre-season tell everyone that they are very fit.

'But it won't work at Fulham because we have guys to go around to their houses and make sure they are doing it.'

Fabrice Muamba news: Andy Murray wants heart checks

Tennis star Murray backs calls for heart tests in wake of Muamba collapse

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UPDATED:

19:30 GMT, 21 March 2012

Andy Murray has called for regular heart screenings in tennis and other sports following the cardiac arrest suffered by Bolton's Fabrice Muamba on Saturday.

Muamba collapsed during the FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but the 23-year-old is showing encouraging signs of recovery at The London Chest Hospital.

Murray, who is currently preparing for the Miami Masters, told MSN Sport: 'I think it's time in almost all sports [that] everybody should have screenings before they can compete.

Shock: Players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

Shock: Players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

'This has happened too many times. Here in the States it's happened in high school and college basketball games and, of course, it's happened a few times in football.

'With all the pressure and stress of modern sport you have no idea how much you are pushing yourself on the pitch or court, I think it's something that's just got to be done.'

The 24-year-old Scot also revealed that he has his heart checked independently on a regular basis, something the world No 4 believes should be compulsory.

Call: Andy Murray wants heart tests across the sporting spectrum

Call: Andy Murray wants heart tests across the sporting spectrum

'I've been doing my tests for three years now so I have heart scans, heart monitors and other tests,' Murray said. 'I started when these things seemed to be happening more often.

'But it's not something that's done within tennis. But I just think it should be. Everyone should have a medical or a check-up before you're allowed to compete because it's such a horrible thing for people to witness.

'The reality is if something doesn't happen about it, it's likely to happen again at some stage and it's just so, so horrible. You don't wish something like that to happen to anybody.

'It's clear to me that all the teams should be checked. I'm not sure if they do, but I know in tennis we don't.'

Six Nations 2012: Rugby"s hard men neutered by TV

The Enforcers! Have the TV monitors and citing neutered all rugby's hard men

It is 26 years since Wade Dooley, that towering colossus of English oak, was felled illegally by John Beattie straight from the kick-off in a Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield.

‘He beat me to it,’ Dooley told Sportsmail. ‘I would have done exactly the same to him.’

That from an RFU citing officer, a former policeman who now helps police a very different game from the one he and the other so-called hard men of rugby played in the pre-professional era.

Whatever it takes: Wade Dooley was famously felled illegally by John Beattie in 1986

Whatever it takes: Wade Dooley was famously felled illegally by John Beattie in 1986

‘We did some silly things,’ Beattie conceded, ‘things that I am not proud of.’

While never widespread enough to be epidemic – except perhaps in France – skulduggery would occasionally rear its brutal head.

Tales of ‘bag-snatching’ (aka. testicle-grabbing), gouging, biting and scratching and sneaky head-kicking (aka. ‘the sly slipper’) inhabited the changing rooms only to escape into the public domain from time to time.

Dooley, the victim of the aforementioned unpunished crime, could be Dooley the perpetrator, as in 1989 at Cardiff Arms Park when he fractured the cheekbone of Phil Davies with a sickening punch.

Getting to grips: Dooley (centre) with Bob Norster, Gary Pearce and Stuart Evans in an an infamous punch up between Wales and England 1989

Getting to grips: Dooley (centre) with Bob Norster, Gary Pearce and Stuart Evans in an an infamous punch up between Wales and England 1989

‘It was different in our day,’ Dooley said. ‘Rugby was a hard game for hard men. We did the job we had to. The referee was alone. He had to have eyes in back of head. There was no help from touch judges who were not allowed to intervene.

‘Nowadays, the game is so well monitored. There are effectively four referees in the ground; there are all kinds of camera angles; and the citing officers go through matches with a fine-tooth comb. You can’t go charging around, stamping on heads or gouging, or whatever. You would not get away with it. Just as well.

‘Of course, people like me, Paul Moriarty, Beattie and other hard men would have adapted if playing today. I am not saying it does not go on now, but it happens a lot less. There will always be skulduggery in rugby.’

Beattie, a former Lion and now a successful broadcaster whose son Johnnie has won 16 Scotland caps, would go further than Dooley.

‘The whole thing of kicking someone deliberately is outmoded,’ he said. ‘The enforcer does not really exist. But you still need guys to do the donkeywork, hit the rucks and mauls, tackle to create space for the open field player. The Aussies call it going north and south before going east and west.’

But who exactly are the donkeys in the England side to play Scotland on Saturday Is there even one

There is a feeling abroad that England go to Murrayfield this weekend not only with a raw side and an inexperienced captain but without the kind of ‘solid citizen’, as Bill McLaren might euphemistically have put it, who as well as being the workhorse of the side will look out for those around him.

‘There is certainly not a Martin Johnson, a Danny Grewcock or a Wade Dooley, if you like, in this team,’ Dooley said. ‘A man who can stand up and be counted when the going gets tough. I am not sure any of the Six Nations sides have an enforcer. Maybe that big old boy Paul O’Connell is the nearest.’

Ready to lead: England's new captain Chris Robshaw

Ready to lead: England's new captain Chris Robshaw

Scotland coach Andy Robinson has already signalled the need for tough hombres by using the word ‘ferocious’ to describe what he expects from the forthcoming contest.

‘We’re going into this fully aware that it’s going to be a frantic, tough, physical Test match,’ Robinson said.

Mick ‘The Munch’ Skinner (left), an iron-hard flanker from the iron age of rugby, thinks that England have found in new captain Chris Robshaw the man for such an occasion, indeed a man for all seasons.

‘You never want to let opponents take liberties but rugby has moved on a huge amount,’ Skinner said. ‘There is no need for an enforcer. But Chris Robshaw is massive for this weekend and for the future.

‘He will not underestimate Scotland; he will not be too arrogant to change tactics, if required; and he will put his heart on the line.

‘England have lacked leadership, heart, spine, passion, commitment and motivation in recent years. Robshaw can bring that all back. He can do both thought and spine.

‘Murrayfield is traditionally a dogfight and he’s the dog England need.’

P.S. While Skinner is currently coaching a successful Sevenoaks Under 13 side, Dooley, as well as being an RFU citing officer, is running the Dizzy Ducks Tea Rooms in the village of Wrea Green, near Preston. There is no way to follow that.