Moyes sticking with Toffees
I am not tempted to take any steps. At the moment I am the Everton manager. I am a really loyal personDavid Moyes remains committed to the Everton cause despite an admission of interest from Celtic. The former Hoops star has been tipped as a potential replacement for Gordon Strachan at Parkhead.
Although life in Scotland does not have the glitz and glamour of the Premier League, the feeling in Glasgow is that after establishing the Merseysiders as a top-six outfit, Moyes could be tempted to give up the unequal struggle of battling against the big four and instead try to revive the fortunes of his old club.
Yet it seems Celtic are doomed to fail. In fact, yesterday's FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea has only made Moyes more determined to bring some silverware back to Goodison Park. "There may well have been an inquiry from Celtic but that doesn't interest me," said Moyes.
"I am not tempted to take any steps. At the moment I am the Everton manager. I am a really loyal person.
"I am also really ambitious. I will make sure the chairman stays ambitious and the club remains ambitious. We can't stop. After this I will have a holiday and then try to bring in one or two new players."
It is only four years since Everton did manage to smash the glass ceiling that separates the top four from the rest. Unfortunately, that campaign was distressingly brief. Since then, the established order has remained in tact, despite efforts by Tottenham and Aston Villa in particular to break it.
"The gap is there," reflected Moyes. "People should be hoping someone breaks in because it would alter the whole dynamics of football. If it is going to keep being money, money, money, something is going to go wrong in the future."
Portsmouth are the latest to introduce a wealthy owner, Sulaiman Al-Fahim replacing Sacha Gaydamak, whose funds helped bring the FA Cup to Fratton Park last term. A little bit closer to home, Manchester City should be a much more formidable force next season as the Abu Dhabi United Group provide a fresh injection of cash for Mark Hughes, while Manchester United and Liverpool are both under the control of US backers.
It all rather makes Bill Kenwright look like a relic. Yet Moyes enjoys working with the enthusiastic Toffees chairman. And the Scot believes one day, other clubs might share the same view.
"There is a lot to be said for having a chairman who is a supporter," he said. "You know what you are dealing with. Maybe in years to come, people will say there was a bit of fashion with all these foreign owners but now let's get back to basics and have people who love the club."
For now Moyes must keep trying to battle against the odds. Another top-five finish - and a first FA Cup final appearance in 14 years represents improvement.
If he could wish for just one thing from Kenwright this summer, it would be early notification of the funds he will have available in order to avoid the mad scramble Moyes was left with 12 months ago. "We have to hang on to the coat tails of those above," he said.
"Last summer I thought we had a chance. We could not quite get there but we have not fallen away. Sometimes you have to persevere as a manager. You don't always have big funds."
Moyes also feels the Everton name should count for something as he starts to plot and scheme. It might be 22 years since the Merseysiders won the last of their nine titles. But, under Moyes, the once mighty Goodison Park outfit are beginning to punch their weight again.
"Money might give me more scope but I am at a great football club, one that matches my ambitions, said Moyes. "There are not many bigger clubs in England than Everton.
"Just because other clubs have owners with a lot of money does that mean they are bigger? Football goes in cycles. I think ours is close to coming around again."