Moyes stays quiet on future

Everton manager David Moyes again insisted he would not discuss

a new contract at Goodison Park until the summer after watching his

side overcome Stoke 1-0.

Kevin Mirallas’ stunning solo goal in the first half settled an

often dour contest and saw Everton move to four points adrift of

Chelsea in fourth place.

Moyes insists they remain outsiders for UEFA Champions League

football next term with Tottenham and Arsenal also in contention

and would not be drawn over his future, with his contract due to

expire in the summer.

He told ESPN: “I’ve always said we want to see how the club do

and see how we can move forward together and the best time for us

to discuss that is at the end of the season.

“We are the big underdogs, we need results to go for us as well

as us winning our games, but we are in there and it is a great

thing to say Everton are in with a chance of the Champions

League.

“We deserve to be there because of how well we’ve played this

season.”

Moyes, who switched to a 3-5-2 formation with Steven Pienaar and

Marouane Fellaini ruled out through suspension, was impressed with

the contribution of Mirallas as he ran from deep inside his own

half to beat Asmir Begovic.

He added: “We’ve not had a great record against Stoke City

recently so it was important we got the three points.

“It was a great goal. Against Stoke sometimes you need

individual players to win you the game because they are really well

organised and hard to break down.

“I think he must have run 70 yards to finish it off. He has

given us something else. We changed how we played today as we had

lost two important players and thankfully we got the points.”