Ronald Koeman feels the Everton players are behind him despite Sunday’s 5-2 defeat by Arsenal leaving them in the relegation zone.
Everton took the lead against the Gunners at Goodison Park, but succumbed after the break as Arsenal ran riot against a side lacking in confidence.
Everton have won just two of their first nine Premier League games, and despite questions surrounding the Dutchman’s future, Koeman says he feels the players believe in him.
He told Sky Sports: “That’s the feeling that I have [players back me] but I don’t know. With every manager working with 28-29 players you cannot work with all of them being happy but there’s still enough understanding. That’s my opinion but I don’t know.”
Everton withstood a huge amount of early Arsenal pressure before Wayne Rooney fired them ahead against the run of play in the 12th minute.
But Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil scored for the visitors either side of half-time and, after Idrissa Gueye was sent off for two yellow cards, Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey also found the net.
Oumar Niasse took advantage of a defensive mix-up between Monreal and Petr Cech to grab a late consolation but there was still time for Alexis Sanchez to fire in a fifth for Arsenal.
Ronald Koeman felt Gueye’s 68th-minute sending-off proved to be the turning point in the game.
“The final result is really disappointing,” he added. “Until 1-2 we stayed in the game. I need to say that Arsenal were the better team with the better chances but still at 1-2 you can get one point out of it. The sending-off of Gueye made it really difficult.”