Everton manager David Moyes appears poised to wait until the end of the season before clearing the air over his future.
Moyes celebrates the 11th anniversary of his tenure at Goodison Park in four weeks' time, but there remains a question mark over whether he will extend a contract that expires this summer. The 49-year-old Scot, who has been a revelation throughout his time in charge of a club that has continually punched above its weight, refused to shed any light on his situation.
"I'll give as much as I can, but I've said - and I've spoken with the chairman (Bill Kenwright) - that I want to see how the team do," said Moyes. "I want to see how we do in the cups, I want to see how we do in the league, and it's more than likely I won't make a decision until the end of the season."
He added: "So you can ask me every week, but I'll probably give you the same answer."
Moyes' immediate focus will be on Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at npower League One Oldham, who last month pulled off a stunning upset with a 3-2 victory over the Toffees' Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
The Latics have changed manager since that shock win at Boundary Park, with Tony Philliskirk stepping in as caretaker after Paul Dickov resigned in the wake of a 3-1 defeat at Walsall a fortnight ago.
Under Philliskirk, Oldham last weekend triumphed 3-1 at home to the MK Dons, but remain in the bottom four and in the thick of a fight to avoid relegation. Although the tie with Everton again represents a pleasant distraction for Philliskirk and his players, Moyes knows - as Liverpool and boss Brendan Rodgers discovered to their cost - the danger at hand.
Moyes can also recall his side's own defeat to Oldham five years ago when the underdogs won a third-round clash 1-0 at Goodison Park.
"We know what they can do as they did very well against Liverpool. It was a great result, but that's what the cup does," said Moyes. "We've been knocked out by Shrewsbury (third round in 2003), knocked out by Oldham.
"You have to play well, take your opportunities when they come along, which is cup football because you only have one chance. So we have been there, done that, we know what it's like and we don't want it to happen again. We'll do everything we possibly can to make sure it doesn't."