Everton manager David Moyes has spoken for the first time about formally extending his stay at Goodison Park by signing a new contract.
Despite a crippling injury list and limited finances Moyes has confirmed he sees him future at Everton and is resolutely looking for the positives.
He believes Everton’s recent haul of 10 points from their last four games has put them in a far better position to finish strongly.
And the stresses of saving the Blues’ season from being deemed a failure have certainly not forced him to rethink his future.
“I see my long term future here,” he says. “I´ve got no reason to think anything else.
“This could still end up not a bad season, but only at the end I’ll be able to have a look and see what we need to do to improve.
“We’ve got a lot of injuries and we’ll be quite stretched against Aston Villa.
“We’ve got a lot of players we’ll be looking to help us out and get us through. That’s why the three points against Fulham were really important.”
The Scot has already gone on record to say he wants to meet Everton’s board in the early summer to decide whether their vision of the club’s future is “workable”.
And he retains that priority – while insisting discussion over his individual future even, with just two years left on his current contract, are entirely unnecessary.
“I don´t think my contract would need to be looked at this summer. It’s not like a player’s deal,” he says.
“If the chairman wants to that’s down to him and the board, and I’ve got no problem discussing it.
“I’ve said before I’ll have a chat with them at the end of the season and we’ll see what route we’re going to take, then get on with the job.
“There are things I would be hoping to get if we started to talk. We may touch on it in the summer who knows.”