It’s anyone’s guess how long David Unsworth will be patrolling the Premier League touchline. The academy boss has been promoted to caretaker manager while Everton look for a successor to the sacked Ronald Koeman.
With Sean Dyche, Marco Silva and Carlo Ancelotti seemingly ruling themselves out of contention in the last week, however, speculation has intensified that the 44-year-old could get the top job on a permanent basis.
In the eyes of many Everton fans, however, Unsworth made a bit of a mess of his audition against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon. A stirring counter-attacking goal from Jamie Vardy and a wild miskick by young right-back Jonjoe Kenny handed The Foxes a somewhat comfortable 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium.
Everton, however, looked more threatening than they had all season under Koeman in the first 45 minutes at Leicester. Unsworth certainly put his stamp on the team, replacing Koeman’s fleet of ‘number tens’ with two natural wingers in Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas.
And the previously out-of-favour duo caused plenty of problems in the first half, Mirallas testing Kasper Schmeichel with a powerful snapchat while Lennon was unfortunate not to win a penalty from Christian Fuchs.
It was something of a surprise then, when both Lennon and Mirallas were replaced at half-time by Oumar Niasse and Beni Baningime. Though Unsworth succeeded in shoring up a midfield that had been ripped to shreds, Everton’s attacking threat pretty much disappeared.
And, with that, so did their chances of a comeback.
Taking Mirallas & Lennon off was a big mistake! 2nd half could have been so different if they were still on the pitch with Beni & Niasse!— Jags6 ⚽️ EFC (@BlueSarah1878) October 29, 2017
Unsworth was never going to get the Job, mirallas and Lennon off at HT , wtf? Sean Dyche is the man we need I’m convinced #EFC— Blue4Life (@blue4life_) October 30, 2017
Mirallas & Lennon 2 of our better players today & he's taken them off???!!! Davies & Rooney should have come off!!— Jags6 ⚽️ EFC (@BlueSarah1878) October 29, 2017
What's was Unsworth thinking bringing off Mirallas & Lennon. Not good management at all.— TheEvertonForum.com (@TheEFCForum) October 29, 2017
Clueless as Koeman. Get in a proper manager if you want success.— LORD PAULINHO (@LordBarca) October 29, 2017
Unsworth brings back Mirallas & Lennon from the dark of Koeman only to humiliate them by subbing them both at H/T #EFCawayday— Peter Jones (@PGJ9) October 29, 2017