So there we have it. David Moyes has finally signed a new contract at Goodison Park, the paperwork finally leaving ‘the hands of his lawyers’ after what seems like an eternity. Quite why this has dragged on until the middle of October is open to question, especially as it appears to have proved unsettling to the Everton team, who have been pretty woeful so far this season.
The Press Association reveal that the Toffees manager is in a bullish mood after signing a five-year contract worth £3 million on Tuesday, although the Scot will surely struggle to match the fourth and fifth-placed finishes he has achieved with Everton in recent seasons, especially without some big funding coming from upstairs.
The 45-year-old told the club’s official website: “Since I took over six years ago, I think there has been an improvement and I want a similar improvement over the next five years or so. I want the ambition to be greater. I want the expectancy to be higher and I want Everton overall to be higher on the field and off the field. I am determined to try and take it forward.”
Moyes added: “There have been many different things for different reasons but we are here now and the big thing for me is that I am at Everton, as far as I am concerned, for another five years and the job is to make us better than we have been.
“I am really excited and really pleased. I am pleased for everybody – I’m pleased for myself and my family who were desperate to get it signed and secured and it is always what I wanted to do.”
Do Everton think that Moyes will last another five years at the club? Moreover, do they think that he’s the right man to take them forward? While they have fared very well domestically under his guidance, their performance in cup competitions (including Europe) has been pretty poor, although many might point to the fact that the club needs a healthy cash injection if they are to get anywhere near the Champions League places again.