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Moyes itching for success

By Ian Dennis
BBC 5 Live's senior football reporter

David Moyes
Moyes joined Everton after four years in charge of Preston

David Moyes has a dream and FA Cup glory is only just the start. The Everton manager, who is celebrating seven years in charge this weekend, wants sustained success to become the reality at Goodison Park.

The 45-year-old Scot has transformed the club since he was appointed in March 2002, saving them from the threat of relegation and establishing them in the top six of the Premier League.

Moyes believes league position is the best indicator of a club making progress.

"That shows you are consistent so, personally, I've always wanted to be a good league manager," he told BBC Sport.

In that case his record speaks for itself. For a time Everton followed one good season by an indifferent one, but this season they are on course for a third successive top six finish.

Would he swap that for winning the FA Cup?

"That's a difficult question. I might do because I think the supporters would want it but again I really do think you should judge football clubs how they do over the 38 games you play in the Premier League.

"But the Cup is something special. Everybody holds getting to the final at Wembley in high regard and we want to do that. It's something Everton have had in the past but not had very recently," he said.


I met Moyes at Everton's impressive Finch Farm training facility, which provides another sign of the club's progression, and he was affable, relaxed and refreshingly honest.

"I think everybody sees me as a sort of grumpy man who never smiles and I am intense, but it is an intense job," he said.

"If the supporters saw me laughing and joking when things were not going well, well that wouldn't be right.

"I come to do my job of work, I try and do it the best I can, it affects me when we don't win and I'm serious about the job I do but there is a lighter side to me and hopefully the players see that around the training ground.

"I'm really motivated to succeed to push Everton forward. I do look back with a great deal of pride but I keep moving on. It was going to take time to change things around and because of that the second year was difficult.

"Now we have a young energetic group of players and stability and you can't underestimate how important that is to a football club."

Moyes is the third longest-serving manager in the top flight behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger and such stability is helping produce consistency on the pitch but also consistency with their academy.

Jack Rodwell scores against Aston Villa in the FA Cup
Jack Rodwell is one of the youngsters brought into the first team by Moyes

One person who is not surprised by his achievements is former Scotland international Pat Nevin, who has known him since he was 13 years old.

"Ever since I was a kid I always knew he was going to be manager, had he had it written in big black felt tip pen on his forehead it wouldn't have been more obvious because he had it in his make up, his DNA," he said.

"He's got everything I like in a manager. I do think he is the latest in a long line that stretches from Sir Alex Ferguson to Jock Stein," said Nevin.

"I think he's that type of manager and I can't give him any higher praise than that."

Moyes told me that he dreams of taking Everton forward and challenging the likes of Ferguson and Wenger for major honours.

"The big thing about this football club is progress and we can't take giant steps like other clubs have tried to do," he said.

"We have had to be steady and consistent and I hope some day we can get our rewards for, I think, getting it right, not overspending and trying to buy players from the lower leagues in England as well."

But will Moyes ultimately be able to achieve everything he wants to at Goodison Park?

"Realistically I hope it would be at Everton but doubt it will be," said Nevin.

"Hopefully it's not soon that he leaves but I've said for a long time since his Preston days that I would not be surprised if he is the next Manchester United manager.

"I think maybe in a few years time it would make a lot of sense. Who do a club like the level of Manchester United go for after Sir Alex?

I would not be surprised if David is the next Manchester United manager

Pat Nevin

"With Ferguson they went for a manager with the right attitude who was going to build a dynasty that they could trust - well that sounds like the perfect description of David to me.

"So I wouldn't be surprised if someone like United were to come in for him when the time came."

If Everton are to make that leap to challenge the top four sides Moyes admits financial backing will be required.

"We need an investor because I can't see us doing it without added investment. We are also in need of a new stadium or a redeveloped stadium so I think all in all there a lot of things that need to move forward.

"I think the training facility has moved forward, the players have stepped up, we have a team of international players and young international players so what we need to do is keep adding to that."

So, seven years in charge and according to Moyes "it's only the start", no sign of a seven-year itch, just an itching for success.

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see also
Moyes signs new deal at Everton
14 Oct 08 |  Everton
Moyes sets sights
15 Mar 02 |  Everton
Moyes' lofty ambitions
14 Mar 02 |  Everton

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