Moyes could have quit Toffees
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Moyes has revealed he had the chance to leave Everton last summer.David Moyes has revealed he had the chance to leave Everton last summer and has warned James Beattie not to expect any special treatment next season.
The Toffees manager worked the oracle at Goodison Park this term after guiding the club into the UEFA Champions League.
His exploits earned him the Manager of the Year accolade, just 12 months after Everton finished one place outside the relegation zone.
Moyes concedes he endured a tough summer after that disappointment and was offered the chance to leave the Merseyside club.
But the Scottish boss admits he decided to remain with The Toffees as he wanted to see the job through at Goodison.
"I could have left last summer and joined another club if I'd wanted to but I felt as if I had something to prove here," Moyes told the SP.
"Another Premiership club - and I'm not saying which one or even in which country - did ask me to be their manager so I could have left if I'd wanted to.
"However I still felt I was right for the Everton job.
"In fact, all the criticism just made me more determined to be a success."
Meanwhile, Moyes has told record signing Beattie that he must deliver the goods for Everton next season.
Beattie has scored just twice since joining from Southampton in the transfer window and blotted his copybook by being sent off against Chelsea.
Moyes feels there are reasons for Beattie's below-par return on the club's investment but is expecting the striker to produce his best form next term.
He added: "James has to realise that he has come to a big club. I don't care how big he was at any other club, he will be treated the same here as any other player and that means you have to earn respect from the punters.
"He has been to see me and he said 'just wait until you see me when I'm right' but he's got to prove that to the players as well as the fans.
"A lot of the problem is self-inflicted - the sending off against Chelsea set him back - but on the positive side he has only started seven games but scored two goals.
"Maybe there has been a bit of a honeymoon period with me but that's over now.
"People may get the impression that he can be a big-time Charlie but personally I think here is a boy who is really disappointed with himself and wants to put that right."