Stoke boss Tony Pulis is at a loss why one of the Premier League's big guns has not poached Everton counterpart David Moyes.
Moyes has pushed Everton into the top four as we reach the halfway stage of the season and they will arrive at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday on a run of just one defeat in 11 games.
Given the Scot's managerial qualities, it remains a surprise to Pulis that he is still at Goodison Park.
"I know David very well. He is a top manager, has done exceptionally well there. They'll be really pleased they've kept him and that he's still there," said Pulis.
"I'm surprised he is still there, to be honest, because I thought one of the big four might have taken him away after serving a first-class apprenticeship there.
"He's now been there a long time, the players know him, the club know him, he's put his stamp on the place, and they're reaping the rewards from it.
"Traditionally they've been a top, top club over the years, not out of the top flight for many years (since 1954).
"Everton are a benchmark for us in lots of respects. They're a very good club, with the way they've built and put things together.
"As I've mentioned, they've a great manager, but they've top players, and they've a real chance of pushing for the top four. They'll be top six without a question of a doubt this season.
"We haven't had as much time as Everton in the Premier League to lay the foundations, but we're getting there, and that's the main thing. We've had a great year this year. Every year we spend in the Premier League is an achievement. We just want to build the club properly, and over a period of time."
Pulis believes the game will be Stoke's "toughest of the year" so far, but it is likely to be the same for Everton.
"It will be as hard a game as we will have at home this year because they do have the tools to cause you problems," said Pulis.
"They've good players on and off the ball, defenders who defend well and players who can also open you up, so it's a massive test for us.
"But the lads have performed brilliantly of late, although they'll be the first to say our defending starts at the front. You defend as a team, as a unit.
"To single out Ryan (Shawcross), Robert (Huth) or Asmir (Begovic) would not be right. It's been done as a team.
"What we have to do is make sure we get some goals at the other end, so we could do with Ryan and Robert scoring a few from some set plays at some point."
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