DAVID MOYES has revealed he won’t pressure the Everton FC board into relaxing their financial restraints during the transfer window to help bolster his side’s challenge for Champions League qualification.
The Goodison outfit begin 2013 at Newcastle United this evening hoping to keep pace in the race for a top-four berth.
Their challenge has come under threat in recent weeks by a spate of injuries that have exposed the lack of strength of depth in the Everton squad compared to their nearest rivals.
Although Marouane Fellaini returns from suspension, Darron Gibson will miss the next month with a thigh problem while Phil Neville, Tony Hibbert and Kevin Mirallas also sit out the trip to the North East and Steven Pienaar, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman are major doubts.
But Moyes is refusing to ask the Goodison board to loosen the purse strings this month in an attempt to secure a Champions League berth.
“People know our situation here,” said the Everton manager. “There’s no point me asking for something that we have not got so I wouldn’t do it.
“We have got a squad, we are a bit unfortunate that we have got some injuries but so have all clubs so the last thing I want to be is someone who is complaining about injuries.
“Maybe in comparative terms we might have a small number of injuries. But we have some injuries to key players.”
Moyes added: “You can’t complain about having no money. If you don’t have it, that’s it. We don’t have it.
“If I ask you for a grand out of your pocket you can’t give me a grand. If you’ve not got it, you’ve not got it.
“I joined Everton and I knew what it was about. I have no problems. I will always keep pushing and keep asking but at the end of the day I am the manager and my job is to win the games with the players I have got. “
Moyes will once again seek to exploit the loan market although limited funds are available to the Goodison manager.
“We are out there looking,” he said. “I don’t want to put the club in any situation. We have a good squad and if we can get them fit then we are okay.
“The chief exec (Robert Elstone) has come out and said there is a very small amount available and that is what I am saying. We could maybe do a couple of loans if we could come up with them.”
Everton’s excellent form in 2012 – during which they lost only seven of 41 Premier League games – was kickstarted by a January transfer window that saw the arrival of Gibson and Nikica Jelavic and the return of Pienaar and Landon Donovan.
Funds were raised by the £5.5million sale of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, and Moyes said: “I was asked the same questions about money this time last year, and we then got it when we weren’t expecting it.
“That came up and sprung us into life. The difference is this year is that we don’t necessarily need to be sprung into life.
“We are in a strong postion, healthy. Last year there were still hints we had to be looking over our shoulder to the relegation side of things. We needed to give the supporters something to shout about.
“If somebody left that player would have to be replaced before even talking about someone else. So you would need to be talking about someone who is complete surplus to what we need and we don’t have an awful lot of surplus hanging around.”
Pienaar hobbled off towards the end of Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea, and Moyes said: “He has a really bad dead leg.
“Bainesy has been carrying an ankle injury, and both doubts for me. We have made progress with Kevin Mirallas but he is not in contention.”