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Jagielka: Let's win it for Moyes

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Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:56:00

Birmingham manager Lee Clark will not be tempted to part company with teenage winger Nathan Redmond this summer, despite being linked to a move up to the Premier League.

Redmond, 19, has enjoyed an impressive end to this year's campaign as the Blues steered themselves well clear of relegation trouble with six wins in 11 games.

The youngster has just one year left on his contract and is attracting attention from a number of Premier League clubs, but Clark insists only a hugely substantial bid will prevent Redmond spending another season at St Andrew's.

Clark told the Birmingham Mail: "It would be a crazy decision to cash in on him.

"It would have to take big money, a fantastic offer, for us to part with him.

"Can we keep him? Yes, of course. Why not? He's a superb player. He's a local lad and he's enjoying his football."

Sheehan is one of 15 players out of contract this summer, but the 26-year-old left-back has held initial discussions with Magpies manager Chris Kiwomya about a new deal.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I have had two years here, have played over 80 games and I am happy to be here.

"The fans have been very good. I'd like to be here and have never said I want to leave.

"A few of us have spoken to Chris and we know his plans for next season. I can't really say too much before things goes public but he has plans for next season.

"I think it will be quite exciting and it will nice to be a part of it."

The Reds currently sit five points and one position behind the sixth-placed Toffees heading into this weekend's showdown.

Brazil midfielder Lucas knows a win for Liverpool at the weekend will be vital if they are to finish ahead of their neighbours and secure a top-six finish.

"We still have a chance of catching Everton and that's our target," said Lucas. "We know we have to win if we want to finish a position higher than we are now.

"Merseyside derbies are always special to play in. The atmosphere will be amazing at Anfield and it's the kind of game you really look forward to playing in.

"We will go into the derby with a lot of confidence. Hopefully we can get another win and try to finish the season on a bit of a high.

"It's been a difficult season for us but we have to keep going. We still have three games remaining and the chance to get nine more points. The manner of our victory against Newcastle showed the character of everyone."

Lucas says the 6-0 rout in the north-east shows how good the spirit in the Liverpool camp is at the moment and added: "We showed on Saturday that we are a team.

"We approached the game in the right way and played with a lot of confidence and intensity. After going 4-0 up in the second half, we just controlled the game. I remember when we beat Newcastle 5-1 at St James' Park a few years ago and this was even better.

"But even though we won 6-0 there are still areas that we can improve upon. We need to keep working and keep believing."

The former Chesterfield boss, who helped keep the Pilgrims in League Two, will now begin preparations for the 2013/14 campaign while the finer details of his appointment are ironed out.

Sheridan met with Argyle owner James Brent and both parties are confident that a deal will be finalised in the next few days.

"Further announcements regarding John's position and the playing squad for 2013-14 will be made as and when appropriate," a club statement read.

"Top of his priorities is to assess and make decisions regarding the playing squad for the new campaign, which John will be addressing this week.

"Everyone at Home Park is thrilled that John is staying with us, pledges their full support to him, and wishes him every continued success as Plymouth Argyle manager."

The Republic of Ireland international took over in early January and was named the League Two Manager of the Month for March as their form picked up during the run-in.

Moyes, who is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and is yet to sign a new deal, has not enjoyed victory away from home in a Merseyside derby, with Everton's last win at Anfield coming in 1999.

"No one knows what the manager is going to do at the end of the season, so if it is going to be his last game as Everton manager at Liverpool then it would be nice to send him off in style," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"But it's not just about him it's about the squad as well, and we'd all love to go there and perform the way we have for most of the season and come out on the right side."

Everton returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday, while three points against Liverpool would keep alive their slim hopes of Europa League qualification.

Jagielka insists fatigue will not be an issue ahead of Sunday's derby clash as the players approach the end of another busy season.

"There won't be too many changes to freshen things up, that's not the way our squad works but we'd like to think we've got the legs to do it," he added.

"We've got an extra day ahead of our next game, Gibbo (Darron Gibson) should be back in contention after a little bit of stiffness.

"The manager will obviously get us to rest up and he'll be looking forward to the game just as much as we are because we'll be desperate to get a result at Anfield."

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