Moyes: It is tough for Toffees

Moyes’ side are on course to finish in that position in the Premier

League this season after finding form towards the end of a

generally disappointing campaign. The Toffees were just three

points above the relegation zone at the end of February and, with a

brighter start, could have been pushing for Champions League

qualification. Yet the six clubs currently above them – Manchester

United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool

– have access to much greater funding and Moyes accepts they will

be a tough group to penetrate. The Scot said: “That would be

massive. Seventh might be as good as it can get for Everton with

the resources and the way teams are spending now. “I hoped we would

do better than that this year but I think it is going to be much

tougher next year. “But I don’t think we are too far away. I don’t

think this football club needs hundreds of millions. “It just needs

some fresh cash to try to start again and give us some impetus

going into the new season. “We have been able to do it without

loads of money, we have been able to do it in a different way.

“That will be the route we take and I am hoping we are able to give

ourselves a fresh start next season. “We have been doing it that

way for the nine years I have been here. “Other clubs might have

their own route to try to gain success but we have had to be slower

and more progressive over a longer period.” Whatever the challenge

is for Everton next season, it would appear to be one Moyes is

committed to. The 48-year-old, who has consistently impressed

despite relatively meagre resources at Goodison Park, has been the

subject of recurring speculation regarding his future. It has been

suggested the former Preston boss may wish to move on to a

better-financed club – he has recently been linked with Aston Villa

– but he seems to be thinking only about Everton. Moyes devotion to

the Toffees’ cause was last night recognised when chairman Bill

Kenwright named him as one of the recipients of his ‘Blueblood

Award’ at the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony. Moyes said:

“This is my job. I am totally enthralled by it and can’t think

about anything else other than winning for Everton. That’s what I

do.” Everton can now only be pipped to seventh spot if they lose

their final game at home to Chelsea on Sunday and Fulham beat

Arsenal. With Chelsea all but mathematically assured of second, the

game otherwise has little riding on it but Moyes is not ready to

ease off just yet. “It is a Premier League game,” he said. “Lots of

people pay to come. “We have got to try to make sure we can finish

seventh, that is the best we can do now. “Chelsea can only stay

second but I don’t think any manager goes out not to win a game.”

Midfielder Tim Cahill is again a doubt due to his persistent foot

injury and may be given the chance to start his much-needed summer

break early. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is suspended after his sending

off in the defeat by West Brom last week. Left-back Leighton Baines

was the main winner at Everton’s awards night, collecting the

player of the year, players’ player of the year and goal of the

season prizes. Winger Seamus Coleman, 22, was young player of the

year. Moyes said: “Leighton has had a really good season. He has

played well – been good going forward, created goals and scored

some goals. “Wherever I go people always ask me about Leighton

Baines. They can see how well he is doing and what a good season he

has had. “I am pleased for Seamus. He had a really good front half

of the season.”