Moyes committed to Everton job

Moyes committed to Everton job

Published May. 23, 2011 10:16 a.m. ET

Everton boss David Moyes has declared himself happy with seventh in the Premier League and commited himself to the club for next season.

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."