Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has given a vote of confidence to under-fire coach Claude Puel.
The club is currently in crisis, with a miserable start to the season heaping pressure on the players and management.
Puel in particular, has come in for criticism, with the manager deemed to be unable to bring the best out of an expensively-assembled squad, and Saturday’s 1-0 derby defeat to St Etienne brought fresh calls for him to be axed.
But Aulas insists that Puel is the ideal candidate to turn things around.
“The coach is enduring a difficult time,” he told L’Equipe.
“He is listening and is giving the image that he is under control. But, inevitably, he is asking himself some questions.
“The easiest solution would be to change things. But to change you have to find something better than what you already have, and I am not convinced we can do that.
“Stability is the only solution to improve the club.
“It is logical to set a deadline, but we won’t make decisions to appease the supporters or the newspapers.
“The treatment of this crisis will change if we can match our objectives. At the moment it would be pointless to rush things.”