The Toffees sit just five points short of a Champions League qualification berth but the Scot says he will not ask the club's board for money they do not have
The Toffees have enjoyed an impressive start to the season but sit five points behind the Champions League qualification spots after their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last time out.
Despite that setback, the 49-year-old is remaining realistic about the club's finances and hinted at dipping into the loan market this month.
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"We are out there looking. I don't want to put the club in any situation. We have a good squad and if we can get them fit then we are okay.
"If I ask you for a grand out of your pocket, you can't give me a grand. If you've not got it, you've not got it. I've got a great respect for the people who run Everton. They have a stability.
"The chief exec [Robert Elstone] has come out and said there is a very small amount available and that is what I am saying. Maybe a couple of loans if we could come up with them.
"I joined Everton and I knew what it was about. I will always keep pushing and keep asking but at the end of the day I am the manager and my job is to win the games with the players I have got.
"The players who we had available came close to beating Chelsea."