Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has dismissed as laughable speculation suggesting that Toffees manager David Moyes is being lined up as Sir Alex Ferguson's eventual successor at Manchester United.
Moyes continues to be mentioned as a possible target for the Red Devils, despite Ferguson giving no indication of when he will finally call time on his illustrious Old Trafford reign.
Kenwright told the Liverpool Echo: "It's absolute nonsense to infer that we would let David depart for Manchester United with our blessing.
"If a day like that ever did occur, Evertonians know that I would fight tooth and nail to keep our manager where he belongs.
"Everyone will have read both David Moyes and Alex Ferguson's comments and what they both describe as typical summer speculation madness.
"(United chief executive) David Gill and I have a similar friendship to David and Alex Ferguson and we too have laughed it off."