Everton manager David Moyes is making plans to get the Toffees back into Europe having dismissed speculation linking him with the vacant Tottenham job.
The Scot’s name has been in the frame ever since Harry Redknapp left White Hart Lane earlier this month, but former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and France coach Laurent Blanc now appear to be the front-runners.
Moyes, who is out in Poland taking in a few matches at Euro 2012 and checking on potential transfer targets, insists it is business as usual for him.
“All I can say is there has been no contact from Spurs,” he said.
“There has been no contact and that is how it is. I’m the Everton manager.
“I’m planning, I’m out here (in Poland) having a look at players, talking to my own players and trying to get on with being manager of Everton.
“Behind the scenes me and Bill (Kenwright, the Everton chairman) are trying to get things moving along.”
Everton have not played European football since exiting the Europa League to Sporting Lisbon in February 2010 and they finished eight points adrift of qualifying from their league position this season.
Moyes accepts their financial situation, with Kenwright currently trying to sell the club, makes it difficult to compete with teams above them but he remains confident they can regain their place in continental competition – and can do so without considerable investment.
“We’ve now been out of Europe for the last two or three years. A club like Everton need European football,” he told talkSPORT.
“It would be a dream to get back into the Champions League – it would be like back to winning the league again – but if it was Europa League we’d take it.
“The target is European football. Stoke and Newcastle have done it in recent seasons.
“At Everton we could make a difference with not too much money.
“I don’t think at Everton we necessarily need £40-50m to spend.
“Give us a bit of money, we will try and make it work, we will turn it around and keep it going.
“What the Everton supporters want is that opportunity to think there is a bit of hope, there is a chance that this is going to get better and keep improving.
“But it is getting harder because of the competition level and the money you have to spend to compete.
“Myself and Bill would love it if we could really have a go and catch some of the clubs above us.”
In addition to outside investment, Everton desperately need to replace Goodison Park and Moyes admits they would happily enter into a groundshare option with near-neighbours Liverpool.
However, he accepts that is a non-starter as it is not something the Reds, who have their own stadium plans for Stanley Park as well as considering redeveloping Anfield, would consider.
“We know we could do with some more cash and we would like a new stadium but we have an awful lot of things going for us,” he said.
“I think Everton probably need a new stadium more than Liverpool but it is not something we have in our culture because we don’t share grounds.
“It does make sense, we could really redevelop the whole area around Stanley Park.
“For us it is definitely worth doing. We’d take it but I don’t think Liverpool would probably want us or need us and from that point of view I think that is where it will end up.”