I want to become an Everton great, insists Moyes

Last updated at 14:29 05 October 2007

Jubilant David Moyes revealed his driving ambition to be a "great Everton

leader" in the wake of the club's elevation to the UEFA Cup elite.

Boss Moyes was talking just hours after bringing his squad back from Kharkiv in

the Ukraine, where Everton had achieved a remarkable 3-2 second-leg win in their

UEFA Cup qualifying tie, 4-3 on aggregate.

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David Moyes

Having seen his team lose out in the Champions League and UEFA Cups two years

ago, Moyes clearly cherished the moment.

He now attempts to revive tired bodies and minds in time for Sunday's Barclays

Premier League trip to Newcastle, but with the knowledge that Everton will be in

Tuesday's group stages draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

Moyes said: "There is nobody with bigger expectations for this club than me,

and yes, they have been raised over recent years which means there is some pride

and relief that we have finally made this next step up to European level.

"The supporters, too, have those expectations and it is up to us to meet them.

But I expect David Moyes to be managing teams in Europe, I expect to have

winning teams and good footballing teams.

"That is my job. If you want to be a great leader then you have to have big

expectations and I want to be a great leader of a great football club."

He added: "We have been trying to bring it back to a high level. It is more

than six years or so without any real success here.

"We are just trying to get this club back on a proper footing for a club of

this size. I believe there will be a bigger and better Everton in the future,

this is only the start.

"We got very close to it two years ago. We are a big club and not in Europe.

In perspective we have only got through the qualifier, we have not won


"We have not done anything. But this is the beginning of where we want to go.

Blackburn, Bolton, Middlesbrough have all been in Europe and reached cup finals.

We have had to get over this first hurdle.

"We have not managed that in the Champions League, UEFA Cup and our own cups.

We have had three top-seven finishes in five years, so this is the next step.

"My relief was probably because of how the supporters felt after we lost in

Bucharest, it hurt them and it hurt me. It took me and the team a long while to

get over that disappointment, so I was well aware that getting knocked out of

Europe can effect your league form.

"That was why it was important. They gave us as many problems as Arsenal,

Manchester United or Chelsea. That is why it was a great result."

Everton will give a late fitness test to striker Andrew Johnson, who missed the

win over Metalist Kharkiv with a groin injury.

And Moyes says: "The mood in the camp is not surprisingly, excellent. Very

confident, we had a long trip back from the Ukraine and have not had much sleep

but everyone is raring to go again.

"We now have to prepare a side in just a couple of days, for Newcastle on


"But the confidence will carry us on. We have won three games now in a week

and we want to build on that. Starting at Newcastle.

"The draw is on Tuesday and there are some pretty good teams in there, but we

will concentrate on Newcastle and wait to see who we get in our group now.

"The boys are tired, but I am not too bothered about that. The games coming

quickly can work in your favour because everyone is still on a high.

"We did not play to our best, but we dug out a result and that showed that we

have great courage and determination.

"Metalist are a good side, they gave us as many problems as anyone in the

Premier League has done, but we were able to change tactics and that showed a


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