Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has lavished praise on Everton’s David Moyes claiming the Scot is one of the best managers in the world, ahead of the two teams’ clash at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday.
The Toffees travel to Bolton, three points behind the Trotters and hoping for a win that will see them draw level on points after a somewhat inconsistent season.
Everton’s financial constraints have been well documented and Coyle believes Moyes deserves huge credit for the job at Goodison Park he has done in the circumstances.
“David [Moyes] is a pal of mine, he has been from when we were players together, and he's an outstanding manager," said Coyle.
"More than that, when you look at the job he's done and the heights he's taken Everton to with limited resources, for me he's capable of managing anybody in world football.
"And if he did [move to a bigger club], I've got no doubt that major honours would come on the back of it. That's how highly I rate him as a manager.”
The game comes after a busy week for many Premier League players, due to the midweek friendly internationals, and Coyle bemoaned the timing of the fixtures.
“It is always difficult, particularly when it's a friendly international,” he added.
"I can totally understand why the international managers want a friendly ahead of qualifiers but, as a club manager looking to do your best for your club, sometimes it's not ideal. It certainly wasn't this week but it happened and we have to get on with it."
One man who was in action in midweek, however, was Bolton defender Gary Cahill and Coyle revealed his pride at seeing his player represent England against Denmark.
"He [Cahill] is a top, top player," said Coyle.
"He's a top lad as well and he looked very accomplished again when he came on. There's no doubt in my mind that he'll be a permanent fixture in that England squad, and I would suggest even the England team, for many years to come."