Kendall tips Moyes for trophies
Everton's most successful manager Howard Kendall believes that David Moyes can follow in his footsteps and enjoy success at the club. Kendall was in charge during the club's heyday in the 1980s, winning the title and the European Cup Winners' Cup. And although current manager Moyes has yet to lift a trophy in seven years at the club, Kendall believes the Scot has the "hunger" to change all that.
Moyes guided Everton to the FA Cup final and into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League last term. Kendall, who won five trophies when he was Goodison Park manager, said: "The first trophy is very important to David. Once you have achieved success you get a bit more confident and you get hungry for more.
"The only way a manager can go about his job is to never be satisfied unless you are number one."
Moyes was linked with the Celtic job before Everton's Wembley date, and Kendall added: "When any job becomes available then David Moyes is going to be linked with it. But I am sure he is committed to Everton and committed to winning a trophy."
With Mikel Arteta, Ayegbeni Yakubu, Phil Jagielka and Victor Anichebe all set to return from injuries for the start of the next campaign, Kendall thinks the sky is the limit for Moyes' men next term. He said: "The priority will now be to get the injured players fit for next season. It has been remarkable the success that they have had with the number of problems they have had to deal with."
Moyes has insisted he will hang on to the stars in his squad as richer predators circle Goodison, and he is close to agreeing a new four-year deal with midfielder Steven Pienaar to keep the South African out of the clutches of Atletico Madrid. Moyes has insisted England defender Joleon Lescott is not for sale, despite rumoured interested from Manchester City.
Moyes said: "I do not need the money, and we won't be selling any of our players." But Pienaar, who has two years left on his contract, said: "Who knows where I will be in two years' time?"
The 27-year-old is set to be offered a four-year deal and a wage rise is likely. Pienaar had said: "It is true that I only have two years remaining on my contract.
"It has been a happy two years at the club so far and I am delighted to have played a small part in the success we have achieved in finishing fifth and reaching the FA Cup final," he said. "But you never know in football what tomorrow will bring."