It wouldn’t have been too difficult for somebody in the Red Sox ownership group to let Alex Cora know his job was safe.

And now it’s difficult to ignore that they didn’t.

Lost in the circus the Red Sox put on Monday, when they announced the firing of Dave Dombrowski and sent Cora to answer the questions, was the moment Cora told reporters he never got assurance from ownership he would be the manager going forward.

“I mean, as of now yeah,” Cora said when asked if he felt confident he’d be safe in his position. “That’s how I feel. I woke up this morning and I feel like, yeah.”

But nobody said anything to him. Principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Sam Kennedy were among those who asked him to tell the players Dombrowski was fired early Monday morning. They returned later Monday and gave Cora more direction on the message they wanted him to send to the media as he answered questions for the entire franchise following Dombrowski’s dismissal.