Everton coach reportedly wants to stay put.
David Unsworth has rejected the chance to leave his role as coach of Everton's under-23 team to manage Oxford United.
Either way it appears Unsworth is staying put on Merseyside, after it appeared earlier in the week that the promising young coach was set to land the job at Oxford, who are still looking for a replacement for Pep Clotet.
Unsworth has had a complicated season at Everton, thrust into the limelight early in the season when he became the club's caretaker boss.
He found this more difficult than he would have hoped, and Everton chose to hire experienced boss Sam Allardyce as first team manager when Unsworth originally claimed he wanted the gig full time.
The chance to move to Oxford was an opportunity for him to develop further as a manager, and if he is serious about landing the Everton job one day, he may need to go and prove himself elsewhere.
Oxford fans though are not too upset about Unsworth's choice, having reservations about the appointment in the first place.
Here is a look at how Oxford fans have reacted to the news...
Personally delighted Unsworth has turned us down. Would have been a travesty going from the best dressed manager in the league to the worst in one fell swoop. #OUFC— Tom Burrows (@THBurrows) February 7, 2018
There’s a part of me that’s disappointed that Unsworth has turned down the chance to manage the greatest club in the world, but at the same time relieved as a week into the job Mrs Unsworth would has spotted Oxford isn’t on Merseyside #oufc https://t.co/8bFQtkZHhr— Steve Butcher (@SteveButcher72) February 7, 2018
Shame that Unsworth has apparently said no. Good grounding as a Coach, could have worked well. The same can’t be said of Bellamy. A big risk in my opinion. Grayson unlikely to want it, so get Faz in! #oufc— Matt Richardson (@lardydardydah) February 7, 2018
Scenario one: Oxford appoint almost anyone and they are moderately successful and I'll forget Unsworth was ever even vaguely linked with it.— Keith Harris (@Keithharris76) February 7, 2018
Scenario two: Phil Brown is announced #OUFC manager and my irrational campaign of blaming Unsworth for everything bad ever will begin
Based on bits I have heard about Unsworth' man management style, I am not too fussed. I'm just going to completely ignore the Craig Bellamy odds movement and hope someone else is lined up #oufc— Jack Shoemark (@CaptainOx) February 7, 2018