David Moyes wants the focus to be turned back on his players ahead of Everton's final home game against West Ham. It seems a forlorn hope.
The attention has been on Moyes ever since he emerged as the favourite to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and now the switch has been confirmed, the Scot will be centre stage for his final game at Goodison Park.
"I would hate to think this is about David Moyes," he said.
"It should really be about the Everton players because they have been exceptional."
He added: "I asked them to be as professional as possible, make sure we won the last two games and don't let anything get in the way of what they have done."
The memory of Moyes being chased around London by TV crews on Wednesday following his meeting with chairman Bill Kenwright underlined the fact Everton's build-up to the game has not been normal.
Yet, once he got back onto the training ground at Finch Farm on Thursday and had the meeting with his players at which he informed them he will be leaving in the summer, Moyes has been determined to keep preparations exactly the same as usual.
"We have gone about training as normal way and we have prepared in exactly the same way," said Moyes.
"Our form has been very good and we have been consistent at home and we have a chance to complete that against West Ham.
"It will be tough though. Sam Allardyce has done a great job getting them to the top end of the league the season after being promoted. There was never much danger of them being at the bottom."