Moyes delays deal talks

David Moyes has put his contract talks on hold while Everton battle it out for a UEFA Champions League place.

The Toffees are thought to be keen to offer the former Preston boss new terms at Goodison Park, although Moyes is yet to meet with chairman Bill Kenwright.

Moyes, whose current deal is due to expire at the end of next season, is keen to resolve his long-term future, but does not want his team's focus distracted at such a crucial stage of the campaign.

Sunday's 3-1 success over Portsmouth kept Everton in fourth place in the Premier League and three points ahead of rivals Liverpool, who won 3-1 at Bolton.


"In time we will get to the contract," said Moyes. "I don't want anything to ruin the focus.

"The crowd is bouncing here. I think we now have the realisation that we can play against teams and cause them problems," he told Sky Sports.

"There's a determination and a real desire to achieve things. We have a great team spirit.

"We have been consistent and we are doing everything we can to make a real go of it."