David Moyes will be named as Everton's new manager today after demanding to leave Preston North End following showdown talks with the board.
Moyes has told the club that he wants to join the Premiership strugglers and yesterday headed for Merseyside to discuss his new job while the clubs haggled over compensation.
Preston want around £1m, though they will have to drop their valuation because Moyes has told them he is going and has a gentleman's agreement about any approaches from a top-flight club. The 38-year-old Scothas pulled back from the brink of leaving before, but this time the lure of waking Merseyside's sleeping giants will be too much to resist.
Preston were taken aback by the speed of developments. They denied an approach at 11am, but then had to rewrite their press release when they got the call minutes later.
Moyes' assistant, Kelham O'Hanlon, may step into the gap for the derby at Burnley on Sunday. Names like Bryan Robson will be keen on the post, while even Colin Hendry, on loan from Bolton, could be considered in a short-term deal.Reuse content