Under-pressure Everton boss Ronald Koeman is confident he retains the full support of the Goodison Park board despite a turbulent start to the season.
The Toffees have won only two of their last 11 matches across all competitions, while just two league victories sees the Merseysiders languishing in 16th place in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone.
Their inauspicious start to the campaign follows a summer of heavy investment – £140m was spent on new players – although striker Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Manchester United has left a huge void in terms of goals.
Everton’s largest shareholder Farhad Moshiri gave Koeman a vote of confidence earlier this month, and he and chairman Bill Kenwright visited the club’s Finch Farm training base last week.
“We spoke about football,” said Koeman. “There was not really a message but the feeling is they are behind the team, they are behind the manager.
“Everybody knows in football that’s a nice thing but in football always, finally, it’s all about results. Until now it’s full, total support from the board.”
The scrutiny of Koeman has perhaps intensified since Leicester, who are just two points behind Everton, axed manager Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday after he returned one league win from eight matches this term.
“Maybe I am in crisis,” added Koeman. “Everyone knows the manager’s job is a difficult job because things change really fast.”
Everton host Lyon tonight as they bid to ignite their Europa League campaign. Koeman’s side are bottom of Group E, three points adrift of leaders Atlanta, having failed to win either of their opening matches.