Sunderland have apparently dismissed a report claiming David Moyes could be sacked if the Black Cats do not beat Bournemouth this weekend.
The Daily Mirror suggested Sunderland owner Ellis Short is running out of patience after a poor start to the season.
However, the Sunderland Echo say “there is no foundation in the story” and they understand “Moyes is in no imminent danger”.
Moyes will be given time to improve matters on the pitch and, contrary to reports, he will not be sacked if they fail to beat Bournemouth on Saturday, a match during which he will serve a one-game touchline ban after admitting an FA charge of misconduct for swearing at a fourth official.
The 53-year-old has overseen the worst 10-game start in Premier League history and the Black Cats are already eight points adrift of safety.
Moyes admits his squad is way short of the quality needed to avoid a relegation scrap and he has already forecast a season-long struggle against the drop.
His only hope now is that they at least make a fight of it and he remains in the job long enough to rebuild the club, both on and off the pitch.