Marco Silva is expected to remain in charge of Everton for this weekend’s Premier League trip to Leicester City.
With Everton undecided on a suitable replacement for the under-siege coach, the Goodison board has opted to stick with their Portuguese manager for the time being and he took training on Tuesday as usual.
Whether this proves a stay of execution depends on the result against the second-placed side this weekend, and also on whether realistic alternative candidates to take the club forward are palatable to board members and fans.
Silva’s position has never been more vulnerable after a ferocious response from his own supporters following Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Norwich City. In normal circumstances, that would be enough for owner Farhad Moshiri to act to appease those demanding a dismissal.
The problem for Moshiri is he is wounded by his previous experience when sacking Ronald Koeman two years ago without having a successor lined up. It made matters even worse.
Everton appointed a caretaker, David Unsworth, who was unable to improve results before Moshiri turned in desperation to Sam Allardyce. Allardyce was able to negotiate a lucrative contract to exploit the club’s precarious situation. He was not wanted by the supporters who turned on him after the first poor performances of his short-lived reign.
In the meantime, Everton found themselves engaged in a costly pursuit of Silva, who was still at Watford at the time.
The hiring and firing of coaches has been a costly, debilitating business for the Everton owner.
History may repeat itself given how badly supporters want Silva dismissed while being equally resistant to the only realistic alternatives in mid-season.
Everton could appoint David Moyes immediately, but know many of their fans are unhappy with that idea and could turn on their former boss if he does not get off to a good start. Everton have a challenging run of fixtures coming up, including the Merseyside derby, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Bournemouth's Eddie Howe is the kind of progressive young manager favoured by elements of the Goodison hierarchy and is probably a good fit to work alongside Marcel Brands, the director of football, but his name has not been received enthusiastically by supporters, either.
Nor have the claims of Burnley's Sean Dyche, who was linked with the Everton job before Silva’s appointment but branded by many fans as being too similar to Allardyce.
So Silva remains in position for now, well aware of the soundings out that will be ongoing behind the scenes.