Phil Neville has told Manchester City that the key to success in football has always been continuity.
Roberto Mancini replaced Mark Hughes as manager at Eastlands halfway through the season after City's results failed to match the expectations of their ambitious owners.
As well as regular managerial changes over the past few years, City's squad has not been able to grow together with a large number of players seeming to come and go during every transfer window.
Everton may not have had the spending power of City but they continue to challenge for European qualification under the stewardship of David Moyes, who has been in charge at Goodison Park since 2002.
And Neville has insisted ahead of the meeting between the two sides on Wednesday night that he would always favour Everton's approach.
"There is always the temptation to sack managers early if you have got a lot of money and do not have the right people running the club," Neville told the Daily Telegraph.
"But even Chelsea realised that a constant turnaround of managers is not the way forward. Continuity has been the key to any success in football through the years.
"City have bought great players, they have a good manager and they have the potential to be fantastic, but I am not envious of them at all.
"Patience and a good manager can get you to the same point. Taking your time can match whatever money can do.
"We have got continuity here, and that is maybe something City will never have.
"That comes with the territory of what is happening at City. If you look at their history, that is what comes out.
"Continuity is our strength at Everton, though. The manager has brought in players over a four-year period, not overnight, and he has got a nucleus of English players sprinkled with foreign talent.
"That gives you spirit, and that is another thing you cannot buy."
Neville has faith in the squad built by Moyes over the past few years and believes the priority for this summer is to keep all Everton's key players.
Steven Pienaar is one man to have been linked with a move away from the Toffees and Neville maintains that it is vital to secure the services of the South African midfielder.
"This is the strongest squad this club has ever had," said the versatile 33-year-old.
"We had so many injuries at the start of the season that we just had to keep our heads above water. But with everyone fit our form has been almost championship winning, and that shows our potential.
"At the start of next season, I will be looking around thinking we do not need to spend lots of money on players. Maybe one player, just to show we mean business and to freshen things up, to come in and make the squad better - just as Landon Donovan did this year - but if we did not sign anyone, I would not be bothered.
"Maybe the biggest problem is keeping the players we already have, people like Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar.
"Maybe keeping hold of Steven is the one signing we need in the summer.
"Hopefully we will tie him down on a long-term contract, because he is the most influential player at this club."