Everton owner Farhad Moshiri says manager Marco Silva’s job is not under threat despite the club’s shocking run of form.
The Portuguese’s position has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after a run of eight defeats in 14 games including an FA Cup defeat at Millwall and Saturday’s limp surrender against Wolves.
Silva is already Everton’s fourth permanent manager in three years so there is understandable reluctance to make yet another change when what the club needs more than anything is stability.
Now Moshiri, speaking via Jim White on Talksport, has publicly backed Silva to remain at Goodison Park for the foreseeable future.
“It’s a project. The Everton fans quite rightly demand good football. We want young players to develop, they need to play.
“Marco Silva is a talented coach but he’s planning long-term. He will coach and develop those young players and every year those same young players will become stronger.
“In this business you have to hold your nerve.”
Moshiri’s comments echo those made by Marcel Brands at the start of the season when he warned that success would not be immediate.
It will take more than a year to undo the mess caused by 18 months of madness in the transfer market as well as the chopping and changing of managers.
Doubts still remain over Silva’s tenure - namely his puzzling failure to send out a side that can defend set pieces.
But, quite rightly, stability is the byword coming from the club right now and Moshiri’s words should at least end any speculation regarding Silva’s future - for now at least.