Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were hugely encouraged by their side’s efforts in defeat to Chelsea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, which was David Unsworth’s first game in temporary charge following the sacking of manager Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman was relieved of his duties on Monday after overseeing just two wins from their opening nine Premier League games, a run which saw them fall into the bottom three following a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. And alongside a woeful start to their Europa League group stage campaign, in which they have picked up just one point from their opening three games, the writing was certainly on the wall for the former Southampton boss, and so it proved with his sacking confirmed by the club at the start of the week.
And former defender Unsworth, who played over 300 times for the club in two spells between 1992 and 1997 and then between 1998 and 2004, led the side to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, and seemed to get a response from the players despite going down 2-1 to the Premier League champions.
There were certainly positives to take from the encounter despite the fact it ended their participation in the competition, and as such the 44-year-old will look to build on those when his side host Leicester City in a vital Premier League clash on Sunday.
Obviously, Koeman’s departure has brought about much speculation about who could take over at Goodison Park, but here are THREE reasons why the club’s hierarchy should give it to Unsworth on a permanent basis…