By Les Roberts
Updated Monday, 3rd March 2008
Was it just me or was everyone else a bit surprised when Jeff Shreeves hit David Moyes with the 'what's all this about delaying negotiations over a new contract' question after the match against Pompey yesterday?
The story broke in yesterday's News of the World, a reliable source and no mistake, and does appear to have some weight behind it.
Moyes' current contract is due to expire at the end of next season he has not yet been offered a new deal by the club.
But, far from the tabloids' sensationalist angle that he is 'stalling' over a new deal - probably in the hope that a 'bigger' club comes along - Everton officials have been quick to point out that contract negotiations have not taken place simply because, with our hectic fixture schedule, neither Moyes nor Bill Kenwright have had the time to discuss a contract extension.
The Everton chairman has stated: "He and I simply have not had a moment to sit down and finalise his contract although we have both acknowledged to each other on several occasions that we must - and we will.
And Kenwright was quick to reiterate that the focus of everyone at the club must be on getting through the current campaign and making it a successful one.
He added: "Our many daily conversations right now are about the last game, the next game and the next few weeks. This is one of the most exciting periods in our club's recent history and any mischievous reports that get in the way of that are not welcome."
And this seems like a fair point as you wouldn't really expect important contract negotiations to be getting underway at such a crucial stage in the season.
But Everton seem to be a pretty steady ship at the moment, no boardroom bust-ups, undermined managers or scum fans spitting in the faces of directors, so I guess the tabloids need to try and dig some dirt as we are at the business end of the league table now.
And the club are also keen to point out that Moyes is keen to tie up an extended deal - so much so that they put it in bold blue writing on the official site and everything.
So balls to all that, let's just look forward to Fiorentina on the Thursday - it's great being an Evertonian now, don't let anyone make you think otherwise!
The 'Just For Men' worked a treat on the eyebrows too!