Moyes set for talks on new Everton deal
David Moyes will meet Everton chairman Bill Kenwright in the next 10 days to finally thrash out the details of a new contract.
It has been reported that Moyes, whose Everton side qualified for the UEFA Cup after beating Newcastle United 3-1 on Sunday, has become concerned that a formal approach has not been made to extend his stay at Goodison Park.
However, the Scot was quick to defuse the situation after a double from Aiyegbeni Yakubu and another from Joleon Lescott secured fifth place in the Premier League, and insisted that he has no problems with Kenwright.
The manager, whose current deal runs out in June 2009, was more concerned with savouring the fact that Everton had secured back-to-back European campaigns for the first time in more than two decades.
"I'd rather have been parading a cup around the pitch at the end but I've got to be realistic," said Moyes. "We put up a good fight to finish fourth for most of the season and just fell short but I've been delighted with this season.
"We've not only qualified for Europe but the supporters realise strides have been made. Now I will maybe meet Bill some time at the end of next week. No real date has been set and I'm very relaxed about the situation.
"I have been more interested in getting the result today. They've always supported me. Every manager wants to get as much as they can and I'm no different. I knew there weren't vast sums of money when I took the job.
"But I've always been supported and I'm grateful for that. And you balance that with a good board who give a manager some time."
Yakubu was only denied a hat-trick by an eagle-eyed linesman and Moyes was quick to hail his record signing.
"Yak has been excellent throughout the season. He has had his dips but which striker doesn't," he said. "His 21 goals and there is only one pen in there, that's an incredible tally. And how important have those 20 goals been for us?
"They may have been the difference between finishing in this position or not. He has been a vital player for us."
Moyes' opposite number Kevin Keegan, meanwhile, was also eager to defuse suggestions that all is not well between him and his board of directors after a meeting with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley on Friday.
To stress the point, he has says plans are already afoot for next season.
"A statement was put out about the meeting and I'm totally happy with it," he said. "I'm happy to talk about Everton but we've had enough about the meeting. You know it took place, you know it was very, very good because a statement came out.
"It was an important meeting but what's gone on this week is in the past. We've had a meeting, it's finished."
Keegan said his target for next season was to see if Newcastle could match the standards that Moyes has set at Everton.
"If you write about Newcastle United you want shooting," he said. "It's about Everton, David Moyes and how good his team is, leave us out of it. We made up the numbers here, in a good way.
"I just said to (Everton chairman) Bill Kenwright as he was walking down the tunnel, he is a very proud man today and I told him he should be proud but that we're after that position next year, enjoy it while you can."