KEVIN KILBANE believes the lure of another European campaign at Goodison would prove irresistible for David Moyes.
Moyes is out of contract at the end of the season and says he will not consider his future until then.
The Blues boss admits his decision will be influenced by Everton’s progress in the FA Cup and if they can qualify for European football next term.
Everton face Wigan Athletic in the quarter-final of the Cup and remain well placed in the Premier League.
Kilbane was part of the Blues side which qualified for the Champions League in 2005 and believes Moyes can emulate that success with the current crop at Goodison Park.
Kilbane, 36, says the Scot has done an excellent job since taking charge of Everton in 2002 and believes an FA Cup – and a return to Europe – would be a well deserved reward for his efforts but also the start of the new phase of his career at Goodison.
“He seems to be part of the furniture and I would love him to stay. I really would,” said Kilbane. “He has done a brilliant job and there are still things for him to achieve at the club as well.
“People talk about him not winning a trophy in his 10 years at the club but I don’t hold that against him because of what he has achieved over the years with the budget he’s had. The league form has been incredible, and I would like them to finish this campaign as they have finished the last few seasons.
“He’s quite rightly said ‘I want to concentrate on the football side of things’ and ‘I want to concentrate on our league form and then make a decision at the end of the season’.
“Getting into Europe, however that may be, would definitely influence his decision because he would want a crack at playing against the big guns in the big competitions.”
Though Everton have slipped to seven points off the pace for Champions League qualification, Kilbane says they are still in the mix.
“It is still to fight for,” he said. “Earlier in the season they were drawing games when they were dominating teams. I’ve been to see them a good few times this season and they have dominated games but come away with draws and they have looked disappointed with that. But recently, they picked up a really good point against Villa when they maybe did not deserve it that day.
“They just need to find that consistency again and if they do that, then they will be in a strong position to challenge for fourth spot.”