Everton manager David Moyes insists he has no intention of walking away from the club even after the UEFA Cup exit to Standard Liege.
Moyes has been on the verge of signing a new Goodison Park contract for several months and the uncertainty about his future had been blamed for the club's poor start to the season.
However, speaking after his side's 2-1 defeat in Belgium, which sealed a 4-3 aggregate success for Liege, the former Preston North End boss said: "The fans have known for a long time that I'm staying.
"I've had some bad starts to seasons before and this one hasn't been great but this is football and it's my job. You can't expect to have a good year, you have to earn the right and play well.
"The targets now are to try and kick on and do as well as we've done in the previous seasons.
"The players played very well tonight, we did very well up to 25 yards out and then it was hard to get through them and that would be the only bit I could fault them for."
Everton have won only two of their nine matches in all competitions so far this season and Thursday's loss extended their winless run to five games.