DAVID MOYES has revealed that securing European football next season could be key to his Goodison 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.