Moyes committed to Everton job

The futures of both managers had been the subject of speculation
heading into Sunday’s game between Everton and Chelsea, but the
attitude of their clubs differed vastly. Whereas Everton made no
secret of their desire to keep Moyes, Chelsea sacked Ancelotti soon
after the 1-0 loss at Goodison Park. The only concern at Everton
was whether Moyes himself was happy following rumours he might opt
to test himself at a club with greater resources. But after
watching his side secure seventh place after a stunning Jermaine
Beckford solo goal, the Scot underlined his commitment to the post
he has held for the past nine years. Moyes said: “As far as I know
I am here and I am the manager – that is what I want to do. “I want
to have a club where I can give the supporters something. I want to
be fresh and have a good, fresh challenge when we come back next
summer. Let’s hope that’s the case.” Everton fully deserved their
victory having made all the running against a Chelsea side clearly
lacking motivation following the failure of their title bid. They
even continued to dominate after Seamus Coleman was sent off in the
53rd minute for a reckless lunge at Jon Obi Mikel that earned a
second booking. Having hit the bar through Phil Jagielka and missed
a number of other chances, the Toffees finally went ahead in grand
style 15 minutes from time. Beckford broke up a Chelsea attack on
the edge of his own area and set off on a run that took him into
the opposite box. He got a lucky bounce off Paulo Ferreira
mid-charge and Petr Cech got a hand to his shot but he was not to
be denied and the ball bobbled over the line. His was his 10th goal
of an occasionally laboured but ultimately promising first season
since a free transfer from Leeds. Moyes said: “I think 10 goals is
probably what I would have expected from him when we got him.
“He’ll get goals but you’ll have to live with some other faults. “I
don’t think come the end of the season you’ll ever be disappointed
with his goal return.” Everton’s victory emphasised their return to
form over the second half of the season after a slow start. The
Merseysiders were just three points off the relegation zone at the
end of February but lost only two of their last 12 games. Moyes
said: “At the start of the season I was one of the people saying we
could do better than seventh. “But I have had to reassess after
seeing what is going to be spent and what has to be done. “I have
got to praise the players for how they have performed from
Christmas onwards.”