Caretaker David Unsworth edges closer to Everton jobby Jack Kitson / 09 November 2017, 12:19Tweet
For a period on Sunday it looked for all the world that Everton's caretaker David Unsworth had completely blown his chances of becoming the club's next permanent manager.
The Toffees were 2-0 down at home to Watford, and heading for a fourth defeat in four matches under Unsworth, who stepped up to take charge of the first-team following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.
Unsworth had already experienced exits from two cup competitions - Europa League and Carabao Cup - while Everton had sunk into the relegation zone after a 2-0 Premier League defeat to Leicester.
Then on Sunday Everton were 23 minutes away from suffering their sixth successive defeat in all competitions, only for the club to conjure up a remarkable 3-2 comeback to register their first win under Unsworth.
However, all signs still pointed to Sam Allardyce as the man who would come in during the international break, with the former England manager cut to as short as 1/7 in the betting.
But, then in an interview with talkSPORT on Tuesday Big Sam revealed that, contrary to reports, he had not held talks with Everton, although he did express his interest in the job.
Allardyce continues to be linked with the United States job, for which he is the 2/1 favourite, while he appeared to rule out a stint on the upcoming reality TV Show: I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.
“I wouldn’t be here if I was talking to Everton!”— Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) November 9, 2017
Sam Allardyce exclusively tells the Sports Breakfast that any reports of him being in negotiations with #Everton are simply not true... pic.twitter.com/7Ozx0MmwpB
It now looks increasingly likely that Unsworth - who is now the odds-on favourite - will extend his stay in the Goodison Park dugout, but whether that’s until the end of the season, or perhaps longer, is unknown.
Earlier in the week Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshir, somewhat unrealistically stated that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone (25/1) was his number one target. Burnley boss Sean Dyche had been hotly linked with the post, but he’s now out at 12/1.