Report: Oxford United set to confirm Everton Under-23s' David Unsworth as manager

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018 in London, England.

The prospective Oxford appointment stepped in as Everton caretaker boss earlier this season.

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The Daily Mirror reports on page 46 of its printed edition on Monday that Oxford United are set to confirm the appointment of Everton Under-23s' manager David Unsworth.

Everton are said to have granted Unsworth permission to speak to the League One side over the weekend.

And according to the Daily Mirror, the 44-year-old, who stepped in as Everton caretaker boss earlier this season, will succeed Pep Clotet at the Kassam Stadium.

Could Everton's Oxford links strengthen with Unsworth appointment?

Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018 in London, England.

A renowned youth coach, Unsworth has had a hand in developing young Everton talents such as Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jonjoe Kenny.

And the former left-back could reunite with another of his one-time Toffees prospects, Ryan Ledson, if he is hired by Oxford. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea and Ryan Ledson of Oxford United battle for possession during the Checkatrade Trophy match between Chelsea U21 and Oxford United at Stamford Bridge on January...

While losing Unsworth would be a blow to Everton, whose U23s were crowned Premier League 2 winners last season, his departure could open up the possibility of a more formal partnership with the U's.

Oxford are currently 10th in League One - seven points off the play-off positions.

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