Moyes tips Lambert to bring back glory days
Mark Boggis David Moyes believes fellow Scot Paul Lambert can bring Premier League football back to Carrow Road. The Everton boss brings his top-flight team to Norwich tomorrow for the Canaries' final pre-season friendly.
David Moyes believes fellow Scot Paul Lambert can bring Premier League football back to Carrow Road.
The Everton boss brings his top-flight team to Norwich tomorrow for the Canaries' final pre-season friendly.
And Moyes says it will be the perfect test for his own ambitions.
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“Norwich is a really good football club,” he said. “They have great support and they certainly wouldn't be out of place in the Premier League.”
Like Lambert, Moyes wore the famous hoops of Celtic - and admits he is full of admiration for the Norwich boss and the job he has done at Carrow Road.
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“They have been there before and Paul Lambert is doing a great job,” he said. “If they continue to rise, I'm sure they will be back in the Premier League.
“I do know Paul quite well. He was a good player, and of course he won a European Cup medal with Borussia Dortmund.”
While Lambert's ambitions are concentrated on the Championship, Moyes is determined to take silverware back to Goodison Park and make European football a regular fixture.
The Merseysiders have regularly challenged for European places throughout Moyes' eight years in charge, but despite reaching an FA Cup final and ensuring the Toffeemen are back amongst the Premiership's elite, Everton have not won a trophy since Joe Royle's underdogs won the FA Cup in 1995.
Moyes feels ending this drought should be the next progressive step for his team, who lost just two of their final 24 Barclays Premier League games last season - a record that was bettered only by champions Chelsea - during a run of form which saw his side just miss out on a European spot.
Moyes has called on his troops to continue their pre-season winning run to kick-start the forthcoming campaign.
After three victories on an Australian tour, Everton comfortably beat Preston 3-0 last Saturday - just days after Darren Ferguson's side had beaten Blackburn 3-0.
It's a run Moyes wants to see continue.
“It is pre-season so we want the games as tough as we can get them,” he said. “We have done well in the other games so I hope it's tough. It doesn't matter what the results are, if we lose we get worried but if we win we say it doesn't matter, it's better winning but what really counts is starting the season well.”
And if the season does start well, then what are the aspirations for Moyes' men?
“We have been a decent team in the Premier League for quite a few years now,” he admitted. “If you know about the history of Everton - Everton have won championships and European competitions.
“The one thing we haven't done is win anything yet. I think for us to get that name we are going to have to do something about it!” he said.
The Canaries will be looking for their second Premier League scalp of the summer, having beaten Newcastle 2-1 last weekend.
Lambert will again be without skipper Grant Holt, who has a thigh injury, and left back Steve Smith (ankle ligaments), but will be hoping midfielder Korey Smith and centre-half Zak Whitbread - out with shin and calf injuries respectively - will be available.