Could caretaker David Unsworth become the new Everton manager?by Jack Kitson / 26 October 2017, 11:57Tweet
When Everton sacked Ronald Koeman on Monday names such as Sean Dyche, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and even Thomas Tuchel were thrown about as potential candidates for the job, but few championed caretaker boss David Unsworth.
However, after overseeing a spirited Everton performance in a 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea - during which he was an energetic, animated and passionate presence on the touchline - Unsworth now finds himself as one of the leading contenders for the post.
At the time of writing a number of bookmakers make Unsworth the favourite to become the Next Everton Manager, with Paddy Power offering odds of 3/1 for him to become Koeman’s successor at Goodison Park.
Unsworth, who is set to discuss his future with the club’s owner Farhad Moshiri on Friday, has not been shy in stating his eagerness to bag the job on a full-time basis:
"Who wouldn't want the job?
"I want to manage and this is an amazing club to be manager of. I make no secret of it."
Unsworth has never held a senior management position, but was previously Everton caretaker when Roberto Martinez left in 2016, leading the Toffees to a 3-0 win over Norwich on the final day, while he had a brace of caretaker spells at Preston, winning two of seven games.
Unsworth’s lack of experience could ultimately count against him, but what sets him apart from the rest is his expert knowledge of and obvious passion for Everton football club.
During his playing career he made 314 appearances for the Toffees, across two spells, and was part of the 1995 FA Cup Final winning team, while he’s been coaching at the club since 2013.
Everton fans recognise Unsworth as one of their own and they would undoubtedly take great pride in seeing him thrive at the helm.
First part of the hand written response from David Unsworth in 2006. The last question on the page though... pic.twitter.com/JZFYJXh9VE— NSNO.co.uk (@nsno) October 24, 2017
Unsworth will now be given another chance to shine on Sunday when he leads Everton against Leicester, who have just appointed Claude Puel as their new manager. He could then well be given two further matches against Lyon and Watford ahead of November’s international break.
In terms of other candidates two of Unsworth’s main competitors for the job, Sean Dyche and Marco Silva, are currently in employment with Burnley and Watford respectively. Sam Allardyce reportedly has his sights set on the United States job, but simply can’t be ruled out, while Thomas Tuchel and Carlo Ancelotti may prove to be out of reach.
While Everton’s hierarchy ponder what direction to take, why not try out our Everton manager quiz below!