“I wouldn't deny that I spoke to Everton," he confessed. “But I also wouldn't deny that I knew that West Ham had suggested that there might be an opening.
“When it came up I was thrilled to take the West Ham job - I really was. The owners had been big enough to say 'come back' and I admired them very much a lot because sometimes it's a hard thing to do.
“I always hoped I'd get an opportunity to come back to you and finish the job. I feel as if I had really just got started.
“I had only just got here six months in and felt that we had just started to get a bit of momentum.
“Now I want to get West Ham talked about in terms of European football regularly, hopefully being in it!
“If we could get talked about in terms of a good chance of being in Champions League, the Europa League, that would be an improvement."