Glenn Dismisses Speculation

Glenn Roeder says that David Moyes will be "embarrassed" by speculation linking him with Joe Cole in one newspaper today - and insists he has no problem with Paolo Di Canio, who is currently in Bologna.

"It is the last thing we needed, absolute nonsense, and a total disgrace that this story has come up the day before we play Everton in a vital match," says Glenn, "and, knowing David Moyes, he will be embarrassed by it.

"It is groundless speculation and not worth commenting on.

"Players such as Joe, Michael Carrick, and Jermain Defoe are the future of the club."

Meanwhile, of Paolo's comments on Sky TV, Glenn says:

"People keep saying to me that Paolo is finished here but the fact is that we are not in a position to discuss any players' futures until the end of the season.

"But I am pleased to see that he was looking so relaxed and happy and I understand exactly where Paolo is coming from."

One point the player made was that Glenn and Paolo had not spoken since the West Brom game in which he was substituted, and on that he explains:

"I prefer my dialogue to be face to face rather than on the phone or in front of the TV cameras, and my door is always open at Chadwell Heath.

"Since the West Brom game he has only been in a couple of times, because he had gastritis then went back to Italy for examinations on his knee; of the 19 days since the game he has been away for 17.

"But he will be back next week for a full week of training and I am sure he will play a part in the last eight vital games after that."

Of the injuries, Glenn says:

"Steve Lomas is over his knee injury, Don Hutchison is training and will hopefully travel, and the players that are ill are all okay as well.

"As for Nigel, if I wanted him to play I am sure he would, but Rufus has been doing well."

Looking at the weekend, he adds:

"We want performances like we have had in the last two games, particularly the Spurs one, though of course they are a different football team in their style of play to West Brom.

"The important thing is we can fight hard and scrap with the best to get the ball and pass it as well as we did against Tottenham.

"From the first minute of the game against Tottenham when we got a corner from their kick-off, we got right on top of Tottenham, and really squeezes the life out of them.

"Everton play like we like to, at a high tempo, a pressing game wherever the ball is on the pitch, the front two work hard, and the middle two do as well."