Moyes warns Everton over their top-four aspirations

Matt Stead

David Moyes has warned Everton over their aspirations of qualifying for the Champions League.

Everton are seventh, four points behind Manchester United, five behind Liverpool, and six off the pace of Arsenal, who occupy fourth place.

They have played one game more than each of their rivals however, and with just 12 games left it is a difficult task to finish in the top four.

But manager Ronald Koeman wants them to target those places, and the 2-0 win over Moyes’ Sunderland means they are now unbeaten in nine Premier League games.

Moyes has warned his former side, who he guided to one Champions League campaign in 11 years, that they face a “big leap”.

“I don’t think it’s easy and it takes time to do it as well,” he said.

“I think a lot of clubs have been trying to be in the top four year after year.

“I think Everton are making a big leap now to try and get there and it takes a bit of time.

“Yes, it might happen once but it is something that grows over time, and I think Everton might need a bit of growing time for that chapter to come around.”