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.”