Farhad Moshiri issued an update on Everton’s current search for a manager on Friday, revealing that the club are “close” to making an appointment.

The owner shared the news with Jim White, who read out the businessman’s comments on talkSPORT (Friday 10:10), where he addressed the new manager but also responded to the media’s recent reports.

“The first priority is to stabilise the club and finalise the appointment of a manager, we are close,” White said reading Moshiri’s message.

At this point White paused to point out that in the message, the 62-year-old had written “we are close” in capital letters to add extra emphasis to his words.

White continued reading the statement: “It is really best to say nothing more until a new management team is appointed and we climb up the table.”

Finally, Moshiri made a comment about the media’s negative reporting of the Toffees’ recent performances across all competitions, adding: “These reports right now are unfair, but best answered with performance.”

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These comments come on the back of Everton’s 5-1 defeat courtesy of Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Toffees have played five games in the Europa League and have won none, only winning one point, which has left them bottom of their group.

Everton had already been eliminated ahead of the 5-1 defeat on Thursday night.

The Toffees have also struggled in the Premier League, with only 12 points from 12 games, which has left them 16th in the table.

Everton have been without a manager since October 23, when they sacked Ronald Koeman, and David Unsworth has been caretaker manager since then.

In other Everton news, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has given his view on the club’s search for a new boss.

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