Moyes rules out Scotland job - for now

November 30, 2007

Everton boss David Moyes has admitted he would one day like to manage Scotland - but when he is 'a little bit older and experienced'.

Following Alex McLeish's move from national coach to the hot seat at Birmingham, Moyes has been an outsider for the post on many bookmakers' lists.

But he says it is 'not for me just yet'.

Moyes takes his Everton side - unbeaten in seven games - to Portsmouth in a match which could dictate whether either club is capable of competing for a European spot.

Moyes is also hoping that his side completes qualification for the last 32 of the UEFA Cup when they face Zenit St Petersburg at Goodison Park next Wednesday.

It is that level of growing achievement that has seen Moyes' name thrown into the ring as a potential Scotland manager.

But having distanced himself from the England job last week, Moyes is now having to do the same thing with his own country.

He said: 'One day I would like to manage Scotland, but not at the moment. I would want to be a little bit older and experienced.

'Anyone would want to be linked with the job as national manager, I would like the national job but it is not for me just yet.

'If I do well enough at Everton, maybe there will be an opportunity in the future but certainly not for a long period of time regarding me.

'I still feel I have only just come into management, I am still one of the youngest about. But I feel the national manager's job should be for someone a bit older and nearer the end of their time in management.

'Maybe they do not always want the day-to-day involvement, but I want that at Everton.'

Moyes was this week charged by the FA over remarks made about referee Mark Clattenburg's handling of the Merseyside derby earlier in the season.

He has defended his actions and is yet to decide whether to ask for a personal hearing.

'The FA charge is very harsh,' he said.

'If you look at my comments, I do not think they are over the top. I have to answer questions after games and if I had said Mark Clattenburg had a good game in the derby, everybody in the city - including Liverpool supporters - would tell me I was wrong.

'My words may have been on the edge, but they do not warrant an FA charge.

'We should all be allowed freedom of speech to talk to the media after the game, it is getting to the stage when I won't be able to say anything.

'And I certainly could not have come out after that game and said the referee had done well, people should be able to speak their minds, it is part of my job.'

Moyes will now concentrate his energy on the difficult trip to Fratton Park, where all but veteran defender Alan Stubbs - out with a calf injury - are available to him.

Moyes said: 'It is hard to get anything from Fratton Park, but there is a lot of confidence in our ranks after the seven goals against Sunderland last weekend.

'It's hard to really enjoy a game and relax, but I suppose I did that when we got to six, but we all know that this next match is very different.

'Portsmouth have excellent international players, it will be a hard game.'

Moyes is relishing the prospect of having five strikers to choose from; Andrew Johnson is now fit and along with Ayegbeni Yakubu, James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe and James McFadden is competing for a place.

He is particularly pleased with Yakubu's integration into the squad.

'It is difficult choosing my forward line at the moment, they are all fit and all in form,' said Moyes.

'Yakubu has done well, but his challenge was coming to Everton and to show he could play for us in front of big crowds, and that's no disrespect to the clubs he has been at before.

'His job was to show he could do it here in a different environment and a different style of play.'