Everton manager David Moyes has ended speculation over his long-term future by signing a new five-year contract at the club.
However, the 45-year-old had often stated his intention to remain at Goodison Park and there were indications last week that a deal was imminent.
Moyes admitted discussions had been protracted but was delighted the details had now been finalised.
Moyes told the club's website: "There have been many different things for different reasons but we are here now and the big thing for me is that I am at Everton, as far as I am concerned, for another five years and the job is to make us better than we have been.
"I am really excited and really pleased. I am pleased for everybody - I'm pleased for myself and my family who were desperate to get it signed and secured and it is always what I wanted to do.
"I have enjoyed my time here so far and I am looking forward to the next part as well. There is definitely a consistency at the club; players know what they are doing and staff know what they are doing.
"It's a great football club and I am privileged to be the manager."
Moyes' deal is worth a reputed £3million a year.