Moyes: West Ham in the Champions League would top taking Everton there

The Scot qualified for the Champions League with the Toffees in 2005 – the only time they have done so in its current format – after finishing fourth above rivals Liverpool.

Moyes has done a remarkable job in his second spell at West Ham, brought back to save them from the drop and, in his first full season, taking them into the top four.

West Ham can move above Leicester City into third place with a win over Newcastle on Saturday and are firmly in control of their Champions League destiny, with London rivals Chelsea – also in the hunt for the top four – visiting east London next weekend.

And Moyes says taking the Hammers into the top four of the Premier League for the first time in their history would eclipse the job he did with Everton.

“This would be a bigger achievement because I have only been at West Ham for a year, this is my first full season,” said Moyes.

“Last year when I came it was to avoid relegation. And even the time before it was to avoid relegation. So this was really the first time I have been given the chance to take the club from a pre-season to the end of the season. And I have got them challenging around the top.

“The reason why I would say this one is because I think I had been at Everton about three or four years when we got to the Champions League. We finished above Liverpool that year – we finished fourth, they finished fifth – and Liverpool went on to win the Champions League. So it gives you an idea of the quality of the teams.

“We can find this year we are competing with Chelsea and they could go on to win the Champions League, for example. It is just the level of the Premier League and the teams.

“For most of the seasons at Everton, that was the case. We did not always play in Europe and make the Champions League, that’s for sure. But we tended to be challenging at the top and that is my aim with West Ham.

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