Despite reports claiming that the Everton Board and majority owner Farhad Moshiri had withdrawn their support for Sam Allardyce to continue at the Toffees next season, the manager persists in saying he will be here.
In his pre-match press conference he insisted that he has received the assurances he needed to stay on, and would stay at the club.
And in the breakout interviews done later with individual media outlets, Allardyce maintained again that he would see out the remaining twelve months of his 18-month contract.
“We discussed next season and if I wasn’t going to be here, why would we be discussing next season at great length?
“I think that I have found Farhad nothing but supportive from day one and still just as supportive on Thursday.
“What they asked me to do, I’ve done. I can’t do any more than what I’ve achieved up to this point. Well, yes I could. We could have got better results and more points, but I think under the circumstances when you look at the overall position, I think we’ve achieved a lot.
“Clarity is the fact I’ve had a meeting with him and I’m telling you the meeting was about what’s happening next season.”
While the fanbase has been clamouring for clarification from the club regarding some of the things Allardyce has said recently, up to and including taunting David Unsworth and claiming he received an apology for the supporters survey from chairman Bill Kenwright, Big Sam insisted Moshiri didn’t need to speak out.
“Farhad doesn’t feel the need to come out and say anything publicly, so I’m saying we had a meeting yesterday to discuss next season’s plans, pre-season and players and which direction we’re going to go in.
“By the fact we’ve had the meeting, he’s in the position where he doesn’t feel he needs to come out and say anything.
“If he did, you would say ‘oh, he’s had the dreaded vote of confidence’.”
“We had conceded 28 goals in eight games before I arrived, so you would expect me to put that right first.
“That’s what we have tried to do and I think we are more entertaining than when I first arrived here.
“Take Newcastle, they played with 11 men behind the ball in their own half, so entertainment can only come when both sides are adventurous.”