Stoke boss Mark Hughes has ruled himself out of the running for the Everton job, stressing he is ‘extremely happy’ in his current role.
Hughes, who had a brief playing stint at Everton in 2000, is among the names to have been linked with the vacancy at Goodison Park following the sacking of Roberto Martinez this week.
Southampton’s Ronald Koeman and ex-Ajax boss Frank de Boer are the other leading candidates but Hughes has already moved to distance himself from the talk.
“I’m one of the more experienced Premier League managers so we shouldn’t be surprised by it really,” he said.
“You are almost never first choice in these lists, though – there is a list of foreign managers usually ahead of anybody else when a vacancy comes along.
“But I have to say I’m extremely happy (at Stoke).
“I have a fantastic club to work for with great people, and we still have things to do, so I’m looking forward to next season here.”