THERE IS a line in Willy Russell’s famous play Blood Brothers, when lonely housewife Mrs Lyons scolds someone by saying: “There’s no such thing as a bogey man. It’s a – a superstition.”
But for Bill Kenwright, the bogey man is very real this summer – and his name is Daniel Levy.
It is Levy who, if he knows what he is doing, will come calling for David Moyes, and try to lure Everton’s manager to White Hart Lane.
The list of potential other candidates are compelling. Rafael Benitez is a heavyweight contender who ticks every box, and Roberto Martinez could perhaps produce a side with the supposed flair that Spurs’ fans prefer.
But Moyes can do that too, despite what some suggest, and he can do it with value added on a modest budget.
Even if Spurs could simply retain their current crop of players; individuals like Rafa Van Der Vaart, Gareth Bale, Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker, Scott Parker and Jermaine Defoe, most seasoned Goodison observers could predict Moyes would achieve wonderful things with such talent at his disposal, and perhaps with the possibility of spending a little to season a winning dish.
That’s why Kenwright knows he has a sizeable task on his hands persuading his friend to stay, if Spurs come calling.
Yet there are signs that Moyes values the near-unique relationship he has with his chairman, perhaps even more than the lucrative lure of North London.
Back in March, when they appeared side by side on Sky’s Goals on Sunday sofa, Moyes said that his relationship with Kenwright has been at the heart of Everton’s success over the past decade.
“The fortunate bit that I have is that, there are many managers in the business who don’t get to work with chairmen who let you get on with your job,” he said.
“In the main I control as much as I possibly can.”
Control is important to Moyes, make no mistake. Would he relish losing the balance of power to someone like Levy at Spurs?
But then came the caveat. “At the end of this season we will sit down and see where the next five years need to go and that is the way we have tended to work,” Moyes added.
“There has always been an idea of where we want to go and a strategy of how we are going to do it. And I’m sure at the end of the season we will sit down and have another go at that.”
Back then Kenwright agreed. “The last ten years have been very special for me on a personal level because I have been working with David,” he said.
“That is not me just talking big. They have been extraordinarily special. It has been the most special, special relationship.”
Nobody should doubt how highly each values what they have. Yet those end of season talks came and went with no new answers for Everton’s manager.
There are no funds to speak of, players must be sold in order to buy, and – as with most clubs - the dire ongoing recession means a takeover remains unlikely.
The Blues chairman is a gifted orator, a skilled writer, an inspirational communicator. He may yet need to be on Oscar form to persuade Moyes to hang around.