David Unsworth blows chances of bagging Everton jobby Jack Kitson / 24 November 2017, 09:15Tweet
David Unsworth may be Everton’s caretaker manager, and he may also have been a ubiquitous presence in the top echelons of the betting since the sacking of Ronald Koeman, but few expected the Toffees to appoint their former player as their next permanent manager.
Whatever glimmer of hope Unsworth clung onto ahead of Thursday’s clash with Atalanta has now been well and truly extinguished after his troops were humiliated 5-1 on home soil.
Unsworth clearly has buckets of passion and obviously cares deeply about the club, but unfortunately the 44-year-old has been unable to prove himself in the dugout.
Unsworth’s record now stands at one win, one draw and four defeats from six matches, giving him a win rate of just 17%.
During this time the club have scored seven goals and let in a whopping 16. They've been knocked out of both the League Cup and Europa League, and as it stands they're 16th in the table, three points above the relegation zone.
That is some audition…
On Thursday Ralf Rangnick emerged as the new favourite for the post.
The German is currently working as a sporting director at Bundesliga outfit Leipzig, with whom he’s managed, while he’s previously had spells at Schalke, Hoffenheim, Hannover and Stuttgart.
However, according to respected German journalist Raphael Honigstein his fellow countrymen is unlikely to be lured over to Goodison Park, telling talkSPORT:
"I see it as a non-starter. He is 59, he is no longer coaching, he is a sporting director at Leipzig and he is about to renew his contract there. It runs until 2019 but he is going to get a new deal with even more money and more power.
"Knowing him a little bit, I don't see any realistic opportunity for Everton to lure him back into coaching."
Everton have reportedly thrown in the towel regarding their pursuit of Watford boss Marco Silva, however his reluctance to rule out a move, means this story is likely to roll on.
There’s still been no approach for Burnley boss Sean Dyche, Louis van Gaal and Sam Allardyce have both ruled themselves out of contention, while a move for the recently sacked Tony Pulis appears remote.
Simply put, it's now been over a month since Koeman was sacked and Everton still don’t have a clue who they’re bringing in in the other direction.