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David Moyes to discuss Everton future at end of season

Moyes puts Everton contract talks on hold to open the door to Chelsea job

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

11:57 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:54 GMT, 15 February 2013

David Moyes has pushed his contract talks back to prevent anything distracting Everton’s bid to qualify for Europe.

The Everton manager has four months left on his current deal and had
indicated he would discuss his future with chairman Bill Kenwright once
the January transfer window had closed, but those talks have been
delayed until the end of the season.

On ice: David Moyes will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future at Everton

On ice: David Moyes will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future at Everton

Moyes, who earlier this season hinted of his desire to one day test
himself as a coach in Europe, has made it clear all along that decisions
on whether he extends his 11-year tenure at Goodison Park will not be
based on personal reward.

He wants to see whether Everton can keep progressing as a club by returning to Europe for the first time since 2009 and his latest comments are sure to alert Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

‘I’ve had a chat with Bill but my
main reason (for delaying) is I want to see how the team do,’ said
Moyes. ‘I want to see if we’ve got a realistic chance of getting in
Europe, or if we can get to a cup final. I want to see how well we
progress and what we do. I think that’s fair for the club as well.

‘I’m straight with Bill and I tell
him my thoughts. I want it to be purely football now until the end of
the season. I don’t want anything to get in the way and I would hate to
think anything to do with me would. So because of that I’m saying I’ll
be looking to see it in the summer.

Bouncing back: Robin van Persie (right) scored Manchester United's second against Everton

Bouncing back: Robin van Persie (right) scored Manchester United's second against Everton

Powerless: Everton's star man Marouane Fellaini could not prevent the Toffees losing 2-0

Powerless: Everton's star man Marouane Fellaini could not prevent the Toffees losing 2-0

‘I want to try and get Everton back into Europe. If I can get into a final, I’ll do that too.

‘But I don’t think I need anything
else at the moment to get in the way. The work (here) continues as I
have to make sure what I’m doing is for the future. We’re always looking
at next year and moving on.’

Everton are hot favourites to reach
the quarter-finals but Moyes is no stranger to being the victim of a
giantkilling – one of his most uncomfortable days at Goodison Park was
when Oldham won a third round tie in 2008 – and he is leaving no stone
unturned in his preparations for the trip to Boundary Park.

Moyes said: 'We know what they can do
got. They got a great result against Liverpool in the last round. We
have been knocked by Shrewsbury and Oldham in the past and we don't want
it to happen again.

'They have got Tony Philliskirk and Paul Gerrard
looking after things but I'm sure Oldham will have roughly the same
players that beat Liverpool.

'I think qualifying for the Champions
League would have the bigger impact because of the financial rewards.
If you can get into group stages, look at what has happened to Celtic in
the last six months.

'Obviously we want to win every
competition we enter but qualifying for the Champions League would
change things more for us than winning the FA Cup.'

Eyes on the prize: Moyes will hope to navigate past Oldham's Matt Smith (left) and caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, pictured with the Budweiser FA Cup

Eyes on the prize: Moyes will hope to navigate past Oldham's Matt Smith (left) and caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, pictured with the Budweiser FA Cup

Everton will come up against Jose
Baxter, who left the club last summer. He made history at Goodison when
becoming the youngest player – at 16years and 191 days – to represent
the club in August 2008.

'I'm delighted for Jose,' said Moyes.

'We offered him a contract, gave him
his debut at 16. It's hard for them at that age, as they can get to 19
and 20 and people are wondering where they have gone.

'But he is doing well. I am glad. It was a brave decision to leave but hopefully he will see it as the right move.'

Delighted: Moyes said he was glad to see former Everton man Jose Baxter thriving at Oldham

Delighted: Moyes said he was glad to see former Everton man Jose Baxter thriving at Oldham

David Moyes must be given money to spend at Everton or he"ll be off

Everton must let Moyes splash the cash or face losing him

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 30 December 2012

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There was a theory doing the rounds yesterday that Everton have to secure a place in the Champions League to keep David Moyes at Goodison Park beyond this season.

If so, anxiety levels in and around Goodison are likely to rise sharply between now and May, as Moyes monitors Everton’s position in the Barclays Premier League and ponders his future.

There is a way of cutting short the waiting time, though, and ensuring the unthinkable is not allowed to happen.

Cold feet Everton manager David Moyes could be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park if he doesn't get a decent transfer kitty in January

Cold feet Everton manager David Moyes could be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park if he doesn't get a decent transfer kitty in January

A simple pledge of transfer funds for next month’s window ought to do it. Easier said than done, of course, given Everton’s modest resources but Bill Kenwright has found ways of delivering for his manager in the past and must pull out all the stops to do so again.

Fortunately for all concerned, the Everton chairman doubles up as a fan, as devoted as they come, and will, it is safe to assume, hand over every penny he can lay his hands on.

As a fan who sits on the front row of the directors’ box and kicks every ball, Kenwright will also appreciate why facilitating his manager’s wishes next month is so crucial to a project that has been a decade in the making.

Everton have flirted with the Champions League before, only to falter at the qualifying stage, but a breakthrough is surely closer than ever.

So close: Nikica Jelavic rues a late missed chance as Everton pushed for an equaliser in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

So close: Nikica Jelavic rues a late missed chance as Everton pushed for an equaliser in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

It is tantalisingly close, as was evident in an epic battle with Chelsea that eloquently argued the case for and against their prospects of finishing in the top four.

It was gripping stuff, a classic Premier League encounter that both illustrated how Everton’s strongest starting XI can be a match for anyone and exposed their need for greater strength in depth.

Moyes (right) wants to address the latter as a matter of urgency and needs no reminding of the perils of relying on a wafer-thin squad.

Injuries to the likes of Phil Neville, Seamus Coleman and Darron Gibson and a suspension for Marouane Fellaini — by no means an uncommon roll call at this stage of the season — left him glancing over his shoulder at a bench containing the likes of Bryan Oviedo, Apostolos Vellios and untried 18-year-old Tyias Browning.

Ill timed: An injury to captain Phil Neville didn't help Moyes in the Chelsea game

Ill timed: An injury to captain Phil Neville didn't help Moyes in the Chelsea game

Everton still ran rejuvenated Chelsea close, despite the telling absence of the influential Fellaini, yet, as limbs tired and managers looked for reinforcements, the two camps were shown to be poles apart.

While Everton’s replacements had the look of reserves about them, Rafa Benitez was able to choose between Oscar and Victor Moses for an injection of attacking impetus, or Paulo Ferreira to lend an experienced steadying hand at the back.

Little wonder that Everton’s challenge ultimately ran out of steam, and Moyes was left venting his frustration on referee Howard Webb’s failure to spot an added-time foul on the edge of the area that denied his side the chance of an equaliser.

However, Moyes did give the much-maligned Respect campaign’s tarnished image a welcome shot in the arm by apologising for a post-match rant at Webb, making amends immediately with a show of remorse that may spare him any disciplinary action.

Frustration: Moyes was annoyed that referee Howard Webb missed a foul on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area in injury time

Frustration: Moyes was annoyed that referee Howard Webb missed a foul on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area in injury time

‘I did have words with the referee when I was coming off,’ said Moyes, whose side missed the opportunity to move into the top four.

‘I was wrong to do so and I apologised about it to him afterwards. I just thought there was a foul by Frank Lampard on Leon Osman on the edge of the box in the 92nd minute but he didn’t give it.

‘The way the game went, the players deserved to get something out of it because they played ever so well. It was harsh on us.’

There will doubtless be words with Kenwright, too, in the coming days, and the answers Moyes gets could determine whether one of the Premier League’s most enduring and fruitful partnerships continues to thrive into a second decade.

David Moyes calls on referees to address grappling issue

Moyes calls on referees to clamp down on penalty area grappling issue

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 21 December 2012

Everton manager David Moyes has called on referees to make their mind up on grappling in the area and to remain consistent on the issue.

Moyes said: 'It's not part of the game. But the only people who can stop it are the referees. If they think that it is OK, then they have got to tell us.'

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini is facing a fine of up to 150,000 after David Moyes confirmed Everton will not be contesting his three-match ban.

Stamp it out: Moyes has called for referees to take action

Stamp it out: Moyes has called for referees to take action

The Belgian midfielder was found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association yesterday after they took retrospective action following his head-butt on Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross.

Fellaini, however, can consider himself fortunate that he is not facing an even greater suspension as referee Mark Halsey confirmed he saw two other clashes between the 25-year-old and Shawcross during the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

The Toffees have also thrown their support behind the Hillsborough charity single which is on course to become Christmas No 1.

The single has been released to raise funds for the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the disaster in April 1989.

Heads up: Fellaini has been charged by the FA over his clash with Shawcross

Heads up: Fellaini has been charged by the FA over his clash with Shawcross

Moyes said: 'It's great news for the families. When I heard the news a couple of months ago, I was outraged that the police would do that and fabricate the evidence. I’m delighted for the families.

'But (for the song) I think some credit should go to Bill Kenwright. On the night (of the Newcastle game) he was wondering whether to play “walk on” but in the end he decided for 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'.

He felt that was more fitting. It should not go amiss that he chose the song. Let's hope that it raises some (significant) money for the families.'

Model pro Fellaini was recently handed the player of the month award

Model pro Fellaini was recently handed the player of the month award

Steven Pienaar set for 5m Everton return as AVB begins Spurs clear-out

Playmaker Pienaar set for 5m return to Everton as AVB begins Spurs clear-out

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UPDATED:

23:17 GMT, 12 July 2012

Steven Pienaar is close to finalising a 5m return to former club Everton.

Chairman Bill Kenwright has been locked in talks with Tottenham over a permanent move for the South Africa playmaker, who spent the back-end of last season on loan at Goodison Park.

Heading back: Steven Pienaar looks set to rejoin Everton

Heading back: Steven Pienaar looks set to rejoin Everton

Both clubs are confident a deal will be completed by the start of next week.

The 30-year-old’s departure is likely to be the first of many at White Hart Lane this summer, with Jermaine Jenas, William Gallas, Giovani Dos Santos and Heurelho Gomes all available for transfer.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has rejected an
opportunity to sign Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez who is valued
at 16million while Paris St Germain are monitoring negotiations with
Real Madrid for Luka Modric.

On the way out: Luka Modric will leave White Hart Lane

On the way out: Luka Modric will leave White Hart Lane

David Moyes targets Europe for Everton after ruling out Tottenham

Moyes has Euro vision for Everton after Scot rules out Tottenham post

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UPDATED:

16:02 GMT, 21 June 2012

Everton manager David Moyes is making plans to get the Toffees back into Europe after insisting he has no plans to take the vacant Tottenham job.

The Scot's name has been in the frame ever since Harry Redknapp left White Hart Lane earlier this month, but former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and France coach Laurent Blanc now appear to be the front-runners.

Moyes, who is out in Poland taking in a few matches at Euro 2012 and checking on potential transfer targets, insists it is business as usual for him.

Euro vision: Everton manager David Moyes

Euro vision: Everton manager David Moyes

'All I can say is there has been no contact from Spurs,' he said.

'There has been no contact and that is how it is. I'm the Everton manager.

'I'm planning, I'm out here (in Poland) having a look at players, talking to my own players and trying to get on with being manager of Everton.

'Behind the scenes me and Bill (Kenwright, the Everton chairman) are trying to get things moving along.'

Everton have not played European football since exiting the Europa League to Sporting Lisbon in February 2010 and they finished eight points adrift of qualifying from their league position this season.

Moyes accepts their financial situation, with Kenwright currently trying to sell the club, makes it difficult to compete with teams above them but he remains confident they can regain their place in continental competition – and can do so without considerable investment.

'We've now been out of Europe for the last two or three years. A club like Everton need European football,' he told talkSPORT.

Making a difference: Moyes insists he doesn't need cast sums to transform his squad for next season

Making a difference: Moyes insists he doesn't need cast sums to transform his squad for next season

'It would be a dream to get back into the Champions League – it would be like back to winning the league again – but if it was Europa League we'd take it.

'The target is European football. Stoke and Newcastle have done it in recent seasons.

'At Everton we could make a difference with not too much money.

'I don't think at Everton we necessarily need 40-50 million to spend.

'Give us a bit of money, we will try and make it work, we will turn it around and keep it going.

'What the Everton supporters want is that opportunity to think there is a bit of hope, there is a chance that this is going to get better and keep improving.

'But it is getting harder because of the competition level and the money you have to spend to compete.

'Myself and Bill would love it if we could really have a go and catch some of the clubs above us.'

Everton boss David Moyes eyes transfer funds

Everton boss Moyes eyes transfer funds for top-six challenge

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UPDATED:

21:29 GMT, 11 May 2012

David Moyes will meet Bill Kenwright
to discover whether he will receive the finance this summer to re-establish Everton as a top-six club.

The Everton manager, who has one year
left on his contract at Goodison Park, will not be delivering an
ultimatum to his chairman and is calm that talks on a new deal have not
started.

Plans: Everton boss David Moyes

Plans: Everton boss David Moyes

But after seeing Everton flourish in the second half of the season, Moyes says the right additions could propel the club to new heights.

'I speak with Bill every day but I plan to go down and see him (in London) to discuss things,' he said. 'I've got a year to go anyway so it's not as though it's absolutely desperate (for me to sign).

'I don't need reassurances about managing Everton. A lot of people would love the opportunity that I'm in and for me to have been here 10 years is incredible. But I want to be able to compete and I want to be ambitious. I want to give the people something more to shout about than we have done.'

Everton have been in this position before but have found their momentum checked by inertia in the transfer market and Moyes hopes they can do business early in summer.

The Scot, 49, whose side sign off at home against Newcastle on Sunday, said: 'We have tended to pick up from January and been more optimistic and then it has drained away during the summer because we have not been able to keep the fire in everyone's belly.

'I think that's affected the players as well. We learned we had to get things done early six or seven years ago but if you don't have the money to get things done, what can you do'

David Moyes in no rush to leave Everton

Moyes in no rush to leave Everton after Toffees' recent upturn in form

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21:30 GMT, 27 April 2012

David Moyes has moved to quell speculation about his future by insisting he will not walk away from Everton this summer to take a break from football.

It had been mooted since Everton lost the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Wembley that Moyes, who last month celebrated his 10th anniversary in charge at Goodison Park, would need to move on and he has been mentioned as being a leading candidate to take over at Tottenham Hotspur, should Harry Redknapp become England manager.

But Moyes, whose side face Fulham this afternoon, says he has no desire to follow Pep Guardiola's example and take a sabbatical, as his enthusiasm for the game and everything that goes with it remains as strong as ever.

No plans: David Moyes is content to remain at Everton

No plans: David Moyes is content to remain at Everton

When asked if he would consider walking out on Everton, Moyes said: 'No. That is not my plan and it is not in my thoughts. I will have a chat with the chairman (Bill Kenwright) at the end of the season and we will see where things go. It will just be a chat generally to see where we are.

'I've not come to that point (of needing a break). Nowadays it is a much harder job and there is a level of pressure at every club. It takes a lot of your time up. But I have always enjoyed my work.

'Maybe some day I will come to that point but I don't think I'm there yet. I thrive on the intensity and I don't know what I would be like if I didn't have it.'

Main man: Nikica Jelavic (centre) has impressed since joining from Rangers

Main man: Nikica Jelavic (centre) has impressed since joining from Rangers

Moyes has rediscovered his zest during the second half of the campaign, thanks in the main to the goals of January signing Nikica Jelavic, and Everton will take a significant step towards finishing in the top seven if they can repel Fulham on Saturday.

He said: 'We've now got a forward who can score but maybe we are lacking a bit of creativity. I can see pictures and directions of where we should be going that will probably help us progress again. That's what I will talk to Bill about.'

Bill Kenwright wants David Moyes to stay at Everton

Toffees' chairman wants Moyes to stay but admits he needs to sell Everton

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17:16 GMT, 11 March 2012

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is confident he can hang on to manager David Moyes but accepts selling the club is the best way of ensuring that.

The Scot has been linked with Chelsea and Tottenham – should, as expected, Harry Redknapp take over at England – while Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has praised his compatriot for the work he has done at Goodison Park.

Moyes will mark his 10th anniversary at the club on Wednesday still looking for his first trophy and he freely admits he is a hugely ambitious man.

Stay: David Moyes has been in charge of Everton for close to a decade

Stay: David Moyes has been in charge of Everton for close to a decade

Kenwright is too, but knows the only way to match the ambition of his manager is to find new owners who can bring in much-needed finance for him to be able to compete more regularly with the top-six in the Barclays Premier League.

Asked whether he feared losing Moyes to a wealthier rival, Kenwright said: 'Not at all. Never. Why What do I think is the biggest club in the world Everton.

'Why wouldn't people want him But he is our manager and I do believe he is our manager because he wants to be our manager and he gets what he can and what he wants out of this club.

'I think that is important to him. He is ambitious. I am hugely ambitious but I have got to be realistic and that is why I have to ask myself whether I can be the chairman for much longer.

Keeper: Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright wants Moyes to stay

Keeper: Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright wants Moyes to stay

'It is a huge club and I have to find the investment to take it forward.

'We
love nights like the ones against Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham (all
recently beaten at Goodison Park) but we live in a game dominated by
money.

'I know this club is revered throughout football for the way we try to do it but it is a huge job and it gets more and more difficult.

'The one thing he (Moyes) does know is he gets every single brass farthing available and he does know no-one takes any money out of this club.

'But at the end of the day I have to find a new owner.'

Of his decade-long relationship with Moyes, Kenwright said there had been very few disagreements.

Willing: Everton fans would like Moyes to extend his stay

Willing: Everton fans would like Moyes to extend his stay

'It has not been a love-in. Both of us are keen to say that but it has been a friendship,' he said.

'It has been 10 years of absolute friendship. We've had maybe two what you could call rows but they would last five minutes, words rather than rows maybe.'

However, Kenwright felt the manager had brought something back to Everton which money could not buy.

'The one thing he has done for this club is he has made us all believe again and 10 years ago we had lost some of our belief,' he said.

David Moyes – 10 years at Everton by Dominic King

As Moyes marks 10 years in the job, Everton must cherish his every extra moment in charge

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16:30 GMT, 9 March 2012

‘What he has often done is sat down and told me what he believes is going to happen. He plans things meticulously. He gives 24 hours a day, seven days a week to this football club. You just ask his wife! In life, there is a path that you want to go on and David’s path is absolute, total commitment to this football club. He is a great football manager.’ – Bill Kenwright, March 14 2007.

The email was sent out with considerable haste. News of Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking by Chelsea had barely been digested when a number of bookmakers had sent out missives with odds for the men they felt would succeed him.

Top of the list, predictably, was Jose Mourinho. Behind the favourite came a number of familiar faces, such as Rafa Benitez, Pep Guardiola, Fabio Capello and, perhaps the dark horse of the race, Atletico Bilbao’s Marcelo Bielsa. There was also a place for the current caretaker, Roberto di Matteo.

When it all started: David Moyes is unveiled as Everton boss in 2002

When it all started: David Moyes is unveiled as Everton boss in 2002

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For some reason, though, the name of David Moyes was absent. No matter that Moyes has worked in the Barclays Premier League for a decade and forged a tremendous reputation, it has been assumed that, in his quest to win the Champions League, Roman Abramovich will look abroad once more.

That, of course, is his prerogative. Abramovich has spent a king’s ransom hiring and firing managers since he bought the club in 2003 and, until Chelsea finally win the Champions League, he will continue to do so, always being attracted by the man who is most in vogue.

But would Chelsea be any worse off this season had Moyes been in charge and not Villas-Boas Unlikely. If anything, given how well he knows the Premier League, there is reason to believe they would be significantly closer to the two Manchester clubs in the race for the title.

Fortunately for the blue half of Merseyside, Chelsea’s loss is most certainly Everton’s gain and on Saturday at Goodison Park, Moyes will get an ovation ahead of his 10th anniversary that shows the esteem in which he is held and recognises the work he has done.

Marching on: Everton continue to thrive in the top flight

Marching on: Everton continue to thrive in the top flight

There remains a body of Evertonians who
are opposed to Bill Kenwright but even they must acknowledged that
appointing Moyes on March 14, 2002 is, by some distance the best and
most important decision the chairman has made during his tenure.

It was also brave. It is easy to forget that Everton were threatened with the very real prospect of dropping out of the top flight when Kenwright phoned Moyes and asked him if he would be interested in leaving Preston North End to succeed Walter Smith.

Back then Everton’s squad was top heavy with ageing players, their transfer policy was flawed and dropping out of the top flight would have been the greatest ignominy imaginable. Since Moyes took charge, all those problems have been reversed.

That is not to say it has been one smooth road. It hasn’t. A few weeks before Moyes’ fifth anniversary, he came under huge fire from the Gwladys Street after Everton lost a game against Tottenham in the final minutes and some wondered whether he had gone as far as he could.

Brains behind the Toffees: Moyes is one of the game's long-serving bosses

Brains behind the Toffees: Moyes is one of the game's long-serving bosses

A situation arose where he brought the right-back Tony Hibbert on, with the scores at 1-1, rather than opting for a striker and the dismay was tangible when Everton saw the game taken from their grasp in the dying seconds.

In the next game, however, Moyes answered his critics as Everton won 3-0 at Watford with a commanding, authoritative display. They went on to qualify for Europe later that season and have continued to make impressive strides forward under his guidance.

There may not be any trophies to show for his efforts – with better fortune he could have collected the FA Cup and, in 2008, the UEFA Cup – but one thing that cannot be disputed is that, during the past decade, he has lived up to Kenwright’s assertion that he is a ‘great’ manager.

'David has had to contend with not having a strong financial structure,’ Sir Alex Ferguson observed this week. ‘He has this grittiness and determination that helps him be in there all the time. He has to get the best out of the players he has had available and has done an amazing job.’

And they are sentiments with which every Evertonian would agree.

David Moyes looks forward to 10th anniversary at Everton

Moyes reveals pride as landmark 10th anniversary in charge of Everton approaches

Everton manager David Moyes approaches his 10-year anniversary at Goodison Park next week admitting it is a 'big achievement' to spend a decade at one club.

When he moved from Championship side Preston he was given a four-year contract but the Scot did not know whether he would see that out or not.

And, in a situation similar to that faced by Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea before he was sacked at the weekend, Moyes said he had to win over the players who were only a few years younger than him.

Landmark: David Moyes is approaching his tenth anniversary in charge of Everton

Landmark: David Moyes is approaching his tenth anniversary in charge of Everton

'When I came to Everton did I think I'd be here 10 years I don't think you ever think that,' he said.

'You sign a four-year contract but it's difficult to know how long you're going to get.

'This job, because of the demands put on you, the public scrutiny and the results world that means there's a demand to win regularly, makes it hard to stay at any one club for 10 years.

'So, yes, 10 years is a big achievement – but the club deserves a lot of credit as well.

'Bill Kenwright (chairman) had the foresight to look for someone he felt could help Everton and they've not been in a business where they've been unstable.'

All smiles: Moyes took charge at Goodison Park in March 2002

All smiles: Moyes took charge at Goodison Park in March 2002

Moyes took over at Everton a month before his 39th birthday and felt he had to win over the squad.

'I took the Everton job when I was 38 years old, so it was relatively young,' he told the Liverpool Echo.

'Some of the players weren't that much younger than me, and you have to earn respect.

'The players want to see how you work but I think I've been lucky because I've had good players around me and things have gone well – from the very first game.'