Everton manager David Moyes claims he always expected to sign a new contract with the club.
The Scot finally ended months of speculation surrounding his future after putting to paper on a new five-year contract earlier in the week.
Moyes has been in the Toffees hot-seat since March 2002, but had claimed earlier in the month that he seriously considered walking away from Goodison Park during the summer.
"I never thought for a minute the contract was in doubt, nor, I don't think the club did either," he told the club's official website.
"So I think there was a lot of trust in it. In a day and age where there's talk about managers and chairman or the combination of how they work together - I work very well with my chairman, and we're both very honest and blunt with each other and I think that helps the relationship."
Meanwhile, Moyes claims he remains as passionate about bringing success to the club as the day he first joined from Preston North End.
He said: "When I came here six-and-a-half years ago, it was an unbelievable feeling - getting a chance to manage a Premier League club, and one like Everton.
"And that hasn't changed for me. Every day I think how lucky I am, and yes, I want more.
"I'm really ambitious, and I want the club to be that way. But you look what's happened over the six years; as a club which we've not had much money. We've worked really hard and that's the case at the moment.
"But I'll tell you what, we're working really hard to try and get to the top, and in the last few seasons we've made a good go at it, and we're going to try and do it again."