Everton manager David Moyes has voiced his frustration at Tottenham Hotspur’s success this season.
The Toffees chief was speaking ahead of the Barclays Premier League fixture between the two sides at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
Having been fighting for similar honours not long ago, Moyes couldn’t help but admit his frustration at seeing Harry Redknapp’s side move up a level in recent seasons.
“It is a little bit sad they are starting to pull away from us a little bit more than I would like,” said the Scot.
“I think it was only three or four years ago us and Tottenham were competing neck-and-neck for European places.
“It is frustrating because all managers will tell you when you are close and competing with teams you never like to see them go away from you, but we are looking at them going away from us at this present time.
“They have continued to kick on and over the years they have got in some really good players. Rafael van der Vaart is one and Scott Parker another recently.”
Moyes believes this improvement has a lot to do with spending power – something he has never really had at the Merseyside club.
While expressing envy at the money available at his north London Premier League rivals, Moyes revealed the way they go about achieving success at Everton would be a nicer way than through pure spending.
“Tottenham, arguably, might be the biggest spenders in the Premier League - they have always supported whoever the manager has been,” said Moyes.
“Football will always come back around sometime and someday hopefully they will be looking at the back of us.
“At the moment it unfortunately looks as if you need a bit of finance to get it back, but it would be nice to think we could do it the way we have done it.
“We will work really hard and try to bring in players, produce our own players here, work with them, develop them and try to make them better.
“That is how we do it at Everton, we don't do it any other way.”