David Moyes to speak to the press - but he won't be answering questions about Manchester United

Everton determined press conference focuses on tomorrow's visit of West Ham

Departing Everton manager David Moyes will hold his weekly press conference this afternoon but the club insist he will not answer questions about his appointment as Manchester United manager.

The Scot yesterday agreed a six-year deal to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. The 71-year-old United boss will retire at the end of the season.

Everton had prepared for the eventuality of Moyes leaving, with his contract due to expire in the summer, but were taken aback by the speed of events over the last 48 hours.

However, they are determined not to allow the issue to overshadow their final two matches of the season and this afternoon's 1.30pm press conference is to preview tomorrow's visit of West Ham.

In announcing details of their weekly press conference Everton said: "Please note Mr Moyes will not be answering any questions on the subject of Manchester United or his appointment as the club's new manager."

Celtic's Neil Lennon, Wigan's Roberto Martinez and Porto's Vitor Pereira are the front-runners to replace Moyes at Everton.

However, the agent of Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has ruled out the Dane - who reportedly has a £10million buy-out clause - from the race.

"Michael is very happy at Swansea. We do not think about any other possibilities," Bayram Tutumlu is quoted as saying by the South Wales Echo.

"He will not be changing clubs. He likes Swansea and is very settled.

"People always talk about Michael becoming a coach of other clubs because he has done very well.

"But he is the manager of Swansea and that will not change. The Swansea fans do not need to worry. He will be there next season."

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has learned a lesson from losing Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool last summer - for somewhere between £3million and £5million in compensation - and has put an even higher price on Laudrup.

But he does not feel that the clause will even be tested.

"Michael has made it clear he is not looking to move on," he said.

"He is not a guy who needs publicity. He is doing a job he loves doing and he is happy here.

"He is different from some managers. He is not on the ladder to try to get the top.

"He only said the other day that he will not be bothered if he does not go on to manage a top club."

PA

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