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Moyes demands more this season from his players
After 10 years on the job one couldn’t be blamed for losing their passion for their craft. That can’t be said about Everton manager David Moyes.
Moyes has been at the helm at Goodison Park for 10 years and 241 days. That makes him the third-longest tenured manager behind only Manchester United’s Sir Alex Fergusen and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.
Although Moyes has only led the Toffees to as high as fourth in the table, the Scotsman has all the desire to surpass that mark and more.
The 49-year-old has publicly claimed that he has a strong desire for European football. That’s something Everton haven’t taken part in since reaching the last 32 of the Europa League three seasons ago.
The club have only qualified for the Champions League once under Moyes—the 2004-05 season.
As it stands, the Toffees are currently sitting at fourth place, which would qualify them for the Champions League. Under the competition rules, the top three Premier League sides are guaranteed a spot in the tournament, with the fourth entered into Champions League qualification. The fifth side will have to settle for the Europa League.
A large part of Everton’s resurgence has to be credited towards Moyes’ strive for perfection.
Moyes recently told reporters:
Our start has been good. But it could have been a bit better. We are probably a little bit disappointed that we aren’t further up the league. We could easily be in a higher position.
Also, Moyes’ ability to change tactics on the go has been a large part of his success.
Following a valiant come-from-behind victory on Saturday, midfielder Fellaini credited Moyes' tactical switch as the catalyst to their efforts.
It’s strategy like this combined with a strong desire to win that has Moyes leading Everton fighting towards a life-long dream of his: to win the Premier League.