Rafa Benitez is certain he has the backing of Farhad Moshiri and the Everton board as the club step up plans for the January transfer window.
Chairman Bill Kenwright visited Benitez at Finch Farm on Wednesday to offer his support as the manager looks to end a six- game winless run at Brentford this weekend.
The Blues boss says he speaks with majority owner Moshiri, Kenwright and the other power-brokers at Goodison several times a week – and many discussions of late have centred around how they can improve the squad in the winter market.
Benitez says expectations must remain ‘realistic’ after a summer where the club spent less than £2m on trying to improve the playing options and ahead of a January window where money is, once again, expected to be tight.
Following the game with Brentford, Everton face Liverpool, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Leicester before Christmas.
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But Benitez says Moshiri ‘knows’ there is a need for patience and that he wants to still be in charge of the club beyond the end of his current three-year-deal.
Asked about Kenwright’s visit to the training ground this week, Benitez said: “I would say I am talking with the chairman at least three times a week, I am talking with Denise, talking with Marcel, I am talking with Mr Moshiri, so I am in contact all the time with the people on the board and the people who really care about the club.
“We know it is a really difficult time because we are not winning, but at the same time we know what we did and what we could do in the transfer window, and we know what we want to do in the future. So my conversation with the chairman and yesterday [Wednesday] we were talking a little bit about January and what is going on.
“Everybody is a little disappointed with the situation but at the same time confident we will do well and change things around, especially if we can in the January window. Can we do exactly what we want to do in the January window? Maybe not. But we will try to do the best possible that we can do at the moment.”
Benitez became the fifth permanent manager appointed by Moshiri since the summer of 2016 but the Spanish coach insists Everton’s owner understands the scale of the job at hand.
“I think Mr Moshiri is quite clever and we cannot complain because he has spent a lot of money,” Benitez said.
“He is someone who is trying to improve the team and improve the club in every sense. He wants to do well but he knows, from when we had conversations in the beginning and what happened later on, he knows they have to support me and support the structure in general to be sure that we can improve.
“All the conversations with him have been really positive and every time he’s telling me: ‘Rafa, tell us what you need’ and ‘how can we improve, what can we do?’
“We talk about this all the time but we have to be realistic. If we analyse what happened in August, or the summer window, and what will happen in the January window, it’s not easy to find exactly what you want but it is important to change something and improve in the area where we think we need to improve.”
Benitez added: “When I came here I knew everyone was talking about some positions, especially the wingers and also right full-back.