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The EchoDAVID MOYES has revealed that securing European football next season could be key to his Everton FC future.

The Everton boss is out of contract in the summer, but will not make a decision on whether to sign a new deal until after the current season has ended.

And Moyes admitted that the prospect of leading Everton back into European action next term, via the Europa or Champions League, would spur him on to extend his 11-year reign on Merseyside.

The Blues are only two points off the European qualifying spots in the Premier League table, and could also return to the continent by winning the FA Cup, a task which the 49-year-old Scot will attempt to progress in this evening's fifth round against Oldham.

Moyes, who has been linked with possible jobs at Manchester City, Chelsea, and German side Schalke next term, said: "I've had a chat with Bill but my main reason is I want to see how the team do.

"I want to see if we've got a realistic chance of getting in Europe, or if we can get to a cup final.

"I want to see how well we progress. I think that's fair for the club as well. I'm straight with Bill and I tell him my thoughts.

"One thing is I want to try and get Everton back in a European competition if possible. If I can get into a final or win a cup then that as well, but I don't really think I need anything else at the moment to get in the way of that. I'm not ready at this moment in time to do any more than that."

Moyes hopes that outlining the time-frame of when he will make his decision, will limit any potentially unsettling speculation while the current campaign is ongoing.

"I want it to be purely football now until the end of the season," he added.

"I don't want anything to get in the way and I would hate to think anything to do with me would.

"So because of that I'm saying I'll be looking to see it in the summer."

He also reiterated that he is still as committed and forward-thinking in his role as ever.

"The work continues because I have to make sure what I'm doing is for the future and we're always looking at next year and moving on," he added.

Moyes' immediate focus will be on this evening's tie at Boundary Park, where he is set to have Sylvain Distin available again after the defender was taken ill before last Sunday's defeat by Manchester United.

Striker Victor Anichebe is a doubt, however, with a knock sustained in that game which saw him substituted just before the hour mark, and Moyes is expected to recall Nikica Jelavic in his place.

The IndependentDavid Moyes, one month short of his 11th anniversary as the Everton manager, will wait until the end of the season before resolving his future, he said yesterday.

Moyes has yet to indicate whether he will sign an extension to his Goodison Park contract, which expires this summer, as the 49-year-old Scot is increasingly linked with a big-money move to Chelsea.

Under Moyes, Everton have consistently punched above their weight, despite a lack of financial resources available to a string of better-funded managers at rival clubs.

Yesterday, though. Moyes refused to commit his future to Everton. "I'll give as much as I can, but I've said - and I've spoken with the chairman - that I want to see how the team do," Moyes said.

"I want to see how we do in the cups, I want to see how we do in the league, and it's more than likely I won't make a decision until the end of the season.

"So you can ask me every week, but I'll probably give you the same answer."

Moyes's immediate focus is on an FA Cup fifth-round tie this evening at League One Oldham, who last month pulled off a stunning upset with a 3-2 victory over Liverpool.

The Latics have changed manager since that shock win at Boundary Park, with Tony Philliskirk stepping in as caretaker after Paul Dickov resigned in the wake of a 3-1 defeat at Walsall a fortnight ago.

Under Philliskirk, Oldham triumphed 3-1 at home to the MK Dons last weekend, but remain in the bottom four and in the thick of a fight to avoid relegation.

Although the tie with Everton again represents a pleasant distraction for Philliskirk and his players, Moyes knows - as Liverpool and their manager Brendan Rodgers discovered to their cost - that danger lurks, especially as Oldham beat Everton five years ago when the underdogs won a third-round clash 1-0 at Goodison Park.

"We know what they can do as they did very well against Liverpool," said Moyes. "It was a great result, but that's what the cup does."

In January 2003, less than a year after Moyes had taken over at Everton following a brief managerial apprenticeship at Preston, he also saw his side knocked out of the FA Cup third round by lowly Shrewsbury.

"I thought we'd prepared well when we went to play Shrewsbury, and again when we played Oldham, but we didn't get the result, and that is football," said Moyes.

"You have to play well, take your opportunities when they come along, which is cup football because you only have one chance. So we have been there, done that, we know what it's like and we don't want it to happen again."

Everton remain in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League, currently sitting in sixth place, six points adrift of Spurs.

That seems to be Moyes's main goal. "Qualifying for the Champions League always means more because the financial rewards from that are far greater than what you get from the FA Cup.

"We can think of a lot of teams who have won the FA Cup and it's not desperately changed their fortunes, whereas qualifying for the Champions League does."

Moyes should have Sylvain Distin available after the defender missed Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United through illness. Striker Victor Anichebe is a doubt, however, with a knock sustained in that game.

Daily MirrorPhil Jagielka is adamant his side will not repeat Liverpool's embarrassing cock up at Oldham - and you can put your house on it!

The Toffees defender knows the Blues are on a hiding to nothing as they travel to the league one minnows today, for an FA Cup tie that has giant-killing written all over it.

The Lancashire club stunned Liverpool in the last round, with an unbelievable victory as they out muscled the Premier League side, and exploited their lack of appetite for a fight.

Jageilka though, is confident that whatever the outcome in a tricky tie for his club, the one thing Everton will not do, is roll over and let the lower league side overpower them.

"Being beaten through being outfought is something I don't think the manager of this club would ever let happen - and I would put my mortgage on it!" Jagielka explained.

"I'd put the mortgage on the fact we will not be knocked over because no-one wanted to turn up. The manager takes his time picking players to come to this club and that is one of the main reasons he goes for who he does.

"We are going there to be shot at, but the players have been in and around the squad for long enough now to know what is expected of them." 

Boss David Moyes must balance his desire to compete for a top four Premier League place, with his dream of lifting a first trophy for Everton in more than a decade at the helm.

That means he could rest a couple of key players against managerless Oldham, just as he did at Bolton in the last round, but whatever side lines up at Boundary Park, England centre half Jagielka expects the players to scrap to the end for the chance to aim at Wembley.

"We are going there to be shot at but the manager put out his strongest team at Cheltenham. We could have hid behind putting other people in and taking the pressure off if there was a bad result," he added.

"But the manager and the players, we all want to win something. We have been to semi-finals and finals since I have been here over the last five years and we're desperate to get to another one and possibly go one step further.

"The last thing the manager and players want is to be left with a load of ifs and buts. The boys are desperate because we have been to Wembley a few times. The fans go ridiculous, half the stadium is blue, and they are brilliant occasions.

"We are not going to count our chickens yet because it will be a very hard game against Oldham, but we'd like to think we have got enough to get past them and have a shot at winning a trophy."

Moyes himself is determined to take seriously another shot at a Wembley appearance for the Blues, and he has made no secret of the fact he feels he must deliver a trophy for the club after a decade in charge.

He wants the backing of the club to take Everton forward, and that is why he repeated yesterday his insistence he won't enter contract talks until the end of the season, when he can see exactly where his squad is at.

The Scots boss will be out of contract in the summer, but he is no hurry to re-sign, and he said: "I'll always give as much as I can, but I've spoken to the chairman and said I want to see how the team does.

"I want to see how we do in the cup, how we do in the league, and it's more than likely that I won't make a decision until the end of the season. You can ask me every week, but I'll probably give you the same answer."

Daily MirrorEverton boss David Moyes has refused to commit his future to the club, insisting he won't make a decision on a new contract until the summer.

His current deal expires at the end of the season, when he will have been in charge at Goodison Park for more than 11 years.

But before he makes his mind up on extending his tenure he says he wants to see how the team do between now and May.

"I'll give as much as I can, but I've said - and I've spoken with the chairman - that I want to see how the team do," said Moyes.

"I want to see how we do in the cups, I want to see how we do in the league, and it's more than likely I won't make a decision until the end of the season.

"So you can ask me every week, but I'll probably give you the same answer."

Moyes first order of business is tomorrow's FA Cup fifth-round tie at League One Oldham.

The Latics pulled off a shock 3-2 win over Everton's rivals Liverpool in the last round, but then lost 3-1 to Walsall in the league, a result which saw manager Paul Dickov leave the club.

"We know what they can do as they did very well against Liverpool. It was a great result, but that's what the cup does," said Moyes.

"We've been knocked out by Shrewsbury (third round in 2003), knocked out by Oldham.

"I thought we'd prepared well when we went to play Shrewsbury, and again when we played Oldham, but we didn't get the result, and that is football.

"You have to play well, take your opportunities when they come along, which is cup football because you only have one chance.

"So we have been there, done that, we know what it's like and we don't want it to happen again.

"We'll do everything we possibly can to make sure it doesn't."

As well as Cup success, Moyes is also determined to take Everton into the top four.

"Qualifying for the Champions League always means more because the financial rewards from that are far greater than what you get from the FA Cup," said Moyes.

"We can think of a lot of teams who have won the FA Cup and it's not desperately changed their fortunes, whereas qualifying for the Champions League does.

"If you do that, and you get into the group stages...look what it has done for Celtic, the profits they have made over the last six months, with most of it down to how they have done in the Champions League."

Moyes should have Sylvain Distin available after the defender missed Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United through illness.

Striker Victor Anichebe is a doubt, however, with a knock sustained in that game which saw him substituted just before the hour mark.

Daily Star 

DAVID MOYES could be ­heading for the exit at Goodison Park.

The Scot yesterday cast doubt over his ­future by revealing he will not discuss a new contract until the end of the season.

Moyes' current deal runs out in the ­summer as he comes up to his 11th year in charge at Everton next month.

But he wants to see if he can lead the ­Toffees to Europe or even win the FA Cup before making the decision whether or not to carry on.

Moyes was linked with the Tottenham job last summer following Harry Redknapp's exit before Andre Villas-Boas got the nod.

The Scot has also been tipped to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. 

Moyes said: "My main reason is I want to see how the team do. I want to see if we've got a realistic chance of getting into Europe or if we can get to a cup final. 

"I want to see how well we progress and what we do. I think that's fair for the club as well." Moyes speaks regularly to chairman Bill Kenwright and insisted: "I'm straight with Bill and I tell him my thoughts. I want it to be purely football now until the end of the season. 

"I don't want anything to get in the way and I would hate to think anything to do with me would. 

"One thing is I want to try and get ­Everton back in a European competition.

"If I can get into a final as well but I don't really think I need anything else to get in the way of that. I'm not ready at this moment in time to do any more than that."

Whatever happens in the summer Moyes insists he should be judged on his league achievements with Everton rather than his trophyless run.

The Scot has yet to win a major honour with the Toffees but they have finished in the top half of the Premier League on eight occasions and qualified for the Champions League in 2005.

He said: "I would hope people would say, ‘Look how many top-10 finishes Everton have had under David Moyes compared to before'. I think you should always be judged on your league form because it's a consistent thing over 10 months. 

"Of course I want to win the cups. Every cup I've gone into I've tried to win it.

"Ultimately people will say, ‘Yeah but did he win a cup?' and the answer to that will ultimately be no. 

"But I think the clever people will assess the other reasons behind it. Well we had to try and beat Chelsea in a cup final or Liverpool in a semi-final and if they did that they maybe got Chelsea again."

Everton face League One Oldham today in the FA Cup fifth round hoping to not fall to the same fate as Liverpool who were beaten by the Latics in the last round.

They will go up against former player Jose Baxter, who turned down a deal with the Toffees in the summer before struggling to find a new club.

Moyes added: "I felt at the time he'd made the wrong decision. I don't know if he was advised correctly at the time. But in the end it has worked out for him."

Daily Telegraph

Moyes, believed to be a summer target for Chelsea, is prepared to go within two months of the end of his contract before informing his board of his intentions.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is relaxed about the situation, and prepared to give Moyes all the time he needs to assess where his career goes next.

But there will also be an anticipation that if Moyes is sounded out by a club such as Chelsea he will make his intentions clear to his hierarchy before May to ensure the club can make contingency plans.

At this stage, there is nothing to indicate Moyes's stance is any more than an acknowledgement of the crossroads both he and Everton will find themselves at in the summer.

He is adamant he will be straight with his chairman and is in constant dialogue about his deliberations, but believes contract talks would be a distraction in the final few months of the campaign.

The Scot has often spoken of his desire to work in an environment where he believes he can regularly challenge for trophies and qualify for Europe. He knows both these aims are still achievable at Goodison Park this season, but if his ambitions are not fulfilled it is inevitable he will consider other possibilities before committing to another long-term deal.

"I've had a chat with Bill but my main reason is I want to see how the team do," said Moyes, whose side take on Oldham in the FA Cup fifth round today. "I want to see if we've got a realistic chance of getting in Europe, or if we can get to a cup final. I want to see how well we progress and what we do.

"I think that's fair for the club as well. I'm straight with Bill and I tell him my thoughts.

"I want it to be purely football now until the end of the season. I don't want anything to get in the way and I would hate to think anything to do with me would. So because of that I'm saying I'll be looking at it in the summer.

"One thing is I want to try and get Everton back in a European competition. If I can get into a final as well, great, but I don't really think I need anything else at the moment to get in the way of that."

There is certainly no desire at Goodison Park to be forced into a search for a new manager at the end of May or early June. If Moyes offered any hint he was considering moving on, Everton would want to assess potential replacements early.

Chelsea are known to be admirers of Moyes, although if the agent of Manuel Pellegrini, the Malaga coach, is to be believed, Roman Abramovich already has his eye elsewhere.

Jesus Martinez said: "Chelsea and other clubs have asked, but nothing else official has been said. Manuel would love to manage in the Premier League."

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