Everton boss David Moyes not tempted by Scotland manager's job for now

Last Updated: 18/11/12 4:23pm

David Moyes says he would like to manage Scotland - but has no plans to desert Everton just yet!

The 49-year-old celebrated his 400th Premier League game in style last week as the Toffees came back from a goal down to beat Sunderland and climb to fourth in the table.

And although his team came unstuck at Reading on Saturday, losing 2-1, Moyes says things are going too well at Goodison Park to convince him to jump ship and fill the vacancy created when Craig Levein was sacked as Scotland boss at the start of November.

"I think there are a lot of good Scottish managers and I think there has been for a long time," said Moyes, who played for Celtic from 1980-83.

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"I hope we go for a Scottish manager - that's what I do hope for - because I think there are some really good Scottish coaches: Joe Jordan, Gordon Strachan, Walter Smith's out of work. So is Alex McLeish. Owen Coyle is from Scotland even though he played for the Republic. Then there's Stevie Kean.

"I'm sad that Craig left the job but I think the nature of the Scotland job at the moment means it's a hard job to win too many games.

"If I was very fortunate enough ever to be offered it in time I might look to do it but obviously I'll need to do well wherever I am. But at the moment it wouldn't be for me right now - I wouldn't be that keen on giving up the job that I've got just now."

Mellowed

Moyes, who joined Everton in March 2002, is now part of an elite club of managers who have managed in 400 Premier League games - a feat only achieved by Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp.

The Scot told Kammy and Ben on Goals on Sunday that during that spell his managerial style has changed - and that he's extremely grateful that Everton have stood by him.

"It's something that doesn't happy unfortunately these days for too many so I'm really fortunate that I've been at a great club and been given the chance to manage so many games in the Premier League," he reflected.

"But it's not getting any easier, I've got to say. You'd think that over time it might get a little bit easier but the games get tougher and you feel it just as bad as the day you took the job.

"I think I've probably mellowed a little bit [over the years]; I think the players would probably think I'm managing them slightly differently. I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing.

"I think I've probably mellowed a little bit over the years; I think the players would probably think I'm managing them slightly differently. I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing."

David Moyes

"Overall I think I've settled down. When you are a young manager or a young player you make mistakes; you might be a bit rash with things, you might be too intense at different times.

"It's really important that young managers get a chance to make mistakes. I made mistakes at Everton in my early days, I'm sure, but overall the club have always stuck by me and given me the chance to get to 400 games."

Different

Saturday's loss to Reading was only Everton's second league defeat of a season which began with an opening day victory over Manchester United and in October saw the Toffees claw back a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Under Moyes, Everton have only finished higher than their current position of fifth once - in 2004-05 when they ended up fourth - and the veteran told Goals on Sunday he's finding it tough to pinpoint why his team has started the season so well.

"If there was really something different I would have sorted it out before now," he said. "We've always sort of tweaked it to see if there is another way we can win.

"We were supposed to go to Indonesia but it was called off at the last minute. But I'd always planned in the middle of the pre-season to give the players back for a few weeks and give them a week off and then train them again.

"I maybe started to think that the pre-season had got a little bit long and maybe by the end players at our club were certainly stale by the time that we started. We did that and it's got us off to a good start. It's that the reason? I'm not so sure but if you said to me what have I done different, that's the only thing."