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Oct 3, 2008

Moyes vows to battle on

Everton boss David Moyes has insisted that he will not walk out on the club despite a wretched start to the season that has seen the club struggle in the Premier League, crash out of the Carling Cup and fail in the UEFA Cup on Thursday night.

Moyes, who has recently been linked with crisis clubs Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, has yet to sign a lucrative new contract at Goodison Park but has vowed to stay and get the Toffees' season back on track.

Following his side's 2-1 defeat to Standard Liege in the UEFA Cup Moyes said: "This isn't the worst position I've been in as Everton manager," Moyes said .

"No manager comes into football expecting an easy ride. It's my job to get us out of this situation."

"I want to stay."

Thursday night's defeat in Liege ended Everton's participation in Europe and came just eight days after being dumped out of the Carling Cup by Blackburn Rovers, and on the back of three successive defeats at Goodison Park in the Premier League.

But this is far from new territory for the feisty Scot who is eager to turn the tide currently flowing against his side.

A defiant Moyes said: "Who says when you come into football management that every year you're going to have a good year?

"We have had tough tests - all managers face difficult times, and I have had some.

"No one has a divine right to win football games. You have to earn the right to do so.

"Managers can get into situations where it can be hard, and I have had it before. That's your job.

"There's no manager in football who thinks they have an easy ride, that's for sure. That's part of it. But I want to stay."

But as to if and when he signs his contract - his current deal expires in the summer - his response was a little cryptic.

Moyes said: "There might be as timescale, something might happen."

And then when asked to assure supporters he would stay at Everton, Moyes replied: "The supporters have known that for a long time."

The problem for Moyes is the supporters' patience may start to wear thin unless results and performances improve.

There was little to cheer at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne as Belgian champions Standard played a patient game early on before catching Everton on the break.

Axel Witsel gave Liege a 22nd-minute lead before Phil Jagielka took advantage of goalkeeper Aragon Espinoza's blunder in the 67th minute to give Everton hope.

But 11 minutes later Leighton Baines bundled over Milan Jovanovic in the area, and the Serbian delivered the final blow from the spot.

Moyes, though, felt Liege captain Steven Defour should not have been on the pitch prior to his contribution for the opener after vehemently confronting referee Peter Sippel.

Defour was furious at a decision that had gone against his side, and just stopped himself short of shoving Sippel.

Instead, the German only issued a yellow, and then shortly after failed to spot a foul on Ayegbeni Yakubu that could also have warranted a caution.

"You can't run up to a referee and do that in his face nowadays. We all know that," said Moyes.

"In England you're not allowed to do what he did. Maybe in Europe it's different, but I thought they were stricter.

"I thought he should have been sent off for his reaction, and then for him not to be sent off for the professional foul on Yakubu was unbelievable.

"If he (Defour) had been sent off it would have made a difference because he had the shot that led to their first goal.

"We were playing well against 11, so against 10 we would have had more space."

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