David Unsworth sent a clear message to the Everton board by openly declaring his desire to take the manager’s job on a permanent basis.
Everton confirmed Unsworth as interim manager on Tuesday morning following the departure of Ronald Koeman the previous day.
It’s the second time Unsworth has taken interim charge having led the side to a 3-0 win over Norwich in the final game of the 2015-16 season following Roberto Martinez’s sacking.
Unsworth made way for Koeman later that summer but in an impressive opening press conference the 44-year-old made it clear on this occasion he wanted the job full-time.
“Who wouldn't want this job? It's a wonderful football club with amazing fans. It's a top job for absolutely any manager, myself included."
“The chairman, Farhad and the board have given me an opportunity to hopefully get a run of games where performance levels go up and we produce some wins as well.
“From that performances and results will dictate any result for me as Everton manager.
“I want to manage. This is an amazing club to be manager of. But yes I think the time has come to say that, I make no secret of it at all.
“However, I do have a wonderful, wonderful job that is a challenge and something I really enjoy so what will be will be.
“I will just do my best on the training ground everyday and within the games with the staff and players we’ve got and we’ll try and win a few football games.”
Unsworth was reminded that every Everton manager to win a trophy since the Second World War also played for the club.
As a member of the Toffees’ 1995 FA Cup winning team Unsworth fits that bill and he’s hopeful that record can continue.
“That’s hope that’s the same case this time around. It’s a great stat and something that I’m aware if. Lets hope I can follow Joe Royle and win something.”
Unsworth faces stiff competition for the permanent position with the likes of Sean Dyche, Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel high on the bookies’ shortlist.
When asked whether the Toffees should turn back to a British coach after two successive foreign managers, Unsworth was frank in his reply.
“The club needs a winning manager. That’s simple.
“Yes, there are some very good foreign coaches in the Premier League but there are also a lot of very good British coaches and managers as well.
“So whoever gets the honour of having this role has to win. So we want a winning manager and we want a manager who knows the club and more importantly will win for this club and win trophies because that’s what we need.”
It was certainly an impressive and uplifting pitch from Unsworth and one that instantly get the fans on his side - if they weren’t already.
An interesting exchange with Sky Sports’ Vinny O’Connor as Unsworth entered the press room made his ambitions clear.
“That’s your chair now,” O’Connor said, with Unsworth simply replying:
“Well, we’ll see.”