Moyes: It is tough for Toffees

BY foxsports • May 20, 2011

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."


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