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The board support me... for now: Koeman


By Liam Blackburn

Ronald Koeman feels he has retained the Everton board's backing having met with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Friday, though the Dutchman accepts his position is dependent on results.

Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright and others in the club's hierarchy visited Finch Farm last week to assess recent building work at the Toffees' training ground and spoke with Koeman.

The renovation of Everton's own playing squad looked impressive during their summer spending spree, but reality has so far not matched expectation, with two Premier League wins from eight leaving them near the relegation zone.

"We spoke about football," Koeman said ahead of tonight's Europa League clash with Lyon. "There was not really a message but the feeling is that they (Everton's board) are behind the team, they are behind the manager.

"Everybody knows in football that's a nice thing but in football it's all about results. It's full, total support from the board."

Everton face Lyon, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester in their next quartet of games. Asked whether he was a quartet of results away from a crisis, a smiling Koeman responded: "Maybe I'm in the crisis?

"The manager's job is a really difficult job because things change really fast. It's hard to take, but it's part of the job."

Everton vs Lyon

Europa League Group E:

Goodison Park, Tonight, 8.05pm

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