Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan left Goodison Park last night warning Everton he is chasing fifth place next season.
Keegan last week claimed his side were a 'million miles' from the top four and was duly summoned to a London meeting with the club's owners on Friday.
He sat and watched Everton claim fifth place and a UEFA Cup spot with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle yesterday.
And whatever was said behind closed doors at Keegan's London summit, he was quick to cite yesterday's opponents as the example Newcastle need to follow.
'Everton are an inspiration to everyone. They do not have a massive squad, but they invested well last summer and they have taken fifth spot, which is a terrific situation to be in.
'They are together as a team, they play for each other. And they have a lot of very, very good players.
'They are the ones to look at. Maybe I wasn't quite right when I said that the top four is always the same, but nearly. But it must be said that if they (Everton) can do what they have done, why can't we?
'They are where we want to be. And in David Moyes they have an excellent manager.
'I was talking to Bill Kenwright as we walked back down the tunnel after the game and he was obviously very proud. But I told him that we are after his club's position next season.'
Keegan's opposite number Moyes was left to celebrate his club's fifth place after a dramatic last day that at one stage saw rivals Aston Villa on the brink of snatching UEFA Cup football from the Toffees.