Roberto Di Matteo feels it would be foolish to let his ambitions as a manager take his thoughts beyond his current job at West Bromwich Albion.
Di Matteo's stock is rapidly rising after his team moved up to fourth in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday.
The Italian led Albion to promotion from the Championship last season in only his second campaign as a manager, and the Baggies have now taken 15 points from their opening nine league games this term.
Di Matteo admits he and his staff have great aspirations, but when it was suggested to him that big clubs might be taking note of his recent success, the 40-year-old insisted that for the time being, his focus was solely on West Brom.
"I am very happy where I am and very grateful for the opportunity I have been given here," Di Matteo said. "You can't have a long-term plan as a manager because you have a few bad results, you get questioned and then you get a ticket for your holidays.
"But my staff and I are very ambitious."
Albion extended their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions by coming from behind to seal all three points at the Hawthorns.
The visitors went ahead early on when Scott Carson pushed Zoltan Gera's shot on to the post, only for it to bounce back against the goalkeeper and over the line.
But the Baggies were soon level through Youssouf Mulumbu before Marc-Antoine Fortune's strike turned things around in the 40th minute.
Chris Brunt had a hand in both his team's goals and Di Matteo paid tribute to the way the midfielder has improved.
"When we arrived last year he had a season when he was in and out of the team, but I think he has matured a lot since then and he has become a tremendous asset for us," said Di Matteo, who also confirmed that the second-half substitutions of Fortune and Jonas Olsson were both due to ankle injuries.
"He is the kind of player who every week gives you a performance of eight (out of 10).
"He is somebody you can go to war with - you know he is on your side."
Fulham boss Mark Hughes felt there had been players in offside positions for both of West Brom's goals, but still reserved praise for what Albion have achieved under his old Chelsea team-mate Di Matteo.
"They are a good side," Hughes said. "With the calendar of fixtures they had at the beginning of the season, they have played all the so-called top five and taken points from most of them, so credit to them.
"They have had a fantastic start. A lot of teams will struggle here, I am sure."