In the latest Everton news, Sam Allardyce has rubbished claims that he is set to leave at the end of the season and insists he is in talks with the owners.
The 63-year-old came out of retirement to take charge of the Merseyside outfit on November 30 with the Toffees struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Ronald Koeman, who started the season at the helm, failed to get all of his new signings to gel, while caretaker boss David Unsworth found it tough to steady the ship.
Allardyce has massively improved Everton’s fortunes, having enjoyed a seven-game unbeaten run following his appointment, by tightening things up defensively and they now look to be clear of a relegation scrap.
Everton currently sit 11th, seven points clear of relegation, despite winning just two of their last 11 Premier League outings and reports have claimed that Allardyce could leave at the end of the term.
However, he insists he remains focused on a long-term plan at Goodison Park and revealed he has been in conversation with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
Allardyce said: “There’s tough times and there’s times when you have to draw in, close the doors and stay focused on what you want to achieve.
“It’s very disappointing for everybody that we’ve slipped to where we have slipped to after the fantastic position we put ourselves in the early stages of me walking through the door.
“I came out of retirement because there’s a long-term plan at Everton that I was excited to be a part of.”
Everton have the opportunity to climb further up the standings when they welcome Brighton, who sit one place better off than them in the table, to Goodison Park on Saturday.
Brighton are in solid form and have not lost in their last five league outings, although they have failed to pick up a win in their last eight on the road.