David Moyes refused to confirm or deny his interest in the vacancy at Tottenham when asked about the subject during an appearance as a pundit for the BBC at Euro 2012.
The long-serving Everton manager, who reached a decade at Goodison Park in the recently concluded campaign, was the initial frontrunner to succeed Harry Redknapp, but said that neither he nor the Toffees had been approached by Spurs.
As a result, his price has drifted to 4/1, some way short of current 4/7 favourite Andre Villas-Boas, but he stopped short of saying that he wouldn’t consider the position if Daniel Levy opted to get in touch.
He said: “I’m ambitious and I want to try to win things, and ideally I want to do that with Everton. We brought in two or three players in January and you could see the difference it made to the club, so we want to try and do that again.
“My concentration is on getting Everton ready for the start of the season, and hopefully getting off to a better one than we’ve had in recent years. I’ve always been loyal and I will continue to be loyal to Everton – as long as they want me, I’m happy there.”
The implication is that while he would be reluctant to leave Everton – the failure to lift any silverware or secure sustained European football over the course of his largely lauded stint perhaps provoking the belief that his work is incomplete – he needs assurances.
Evidently their investment in January to sign Nikica Jelavic and Darron Gibson and bring back Steven Pienaar on loan renewed his faith that they could keep growing – a vibe vindicated by results – but he feels that they must build on that.
If Bill Kenwright, with whom he has one of the Premier League’s strongest manager-chairman relationships, is unable to cobble together transfer funds, it might prompt him to rule that a change of scenery is required to fulfil his potential.
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