The four game spell after Ronald Koeman was sacked as Everton manager has come and gone, as has the international break, and still there is no word from the club leadership about who will be the permanent manager of the Blues.
In the meantime, former player and Under-23s manager David Unsworth appears set to continue the caretaker role he’s been handed. Despite a record of one win and three defeats in those four games, he’ll be in charge as the Blues travel to bottom of the table Crystal Palace tomorrow looking to continue charging up the table after picking up three points against Watford FC last time around.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Unsworth said of his future -
“I’m thrilled to still be in charge. It’s a great honour. No matter how long I’m here for I’ll give my best, it’s a privilege and a great opportunity.
“There was never any set amount of games or time said to me at the beginning. To still be sat here is a great opportunity and I’m fully-focused and nothing’s changed.”
He added more on his conversations with the Board -
“I’ve spoken to the chairman (Bill Kenwright) every day since I’ve been in this role. I’ve spoken to Farhad (Moshiri) three or four times. The communication is fine.
“I continue to have the opportunity to lead the team. I’ve not really seen a great deal of speculation, I’ve seen bits.
“What will be, will be. Other people will make the decision on who will be the Everton manager, and I will be absolutely fine with that.
“The people that matter know how I feel, they know my thoughts which will remain private. Whoever gets the honour of being Everton manager, be it myself or whoever else, and I will shake their hand and wish them all the best because I want this club to succeed.”
Unsworth added his thoughts on Sam Allardyce saying he wasn’t in the Everton job any more.
“It would surprise me that anyone would rule themselves out of being the Everton manager. This is an amazing club, with, in my opinion, the best fans, we saw that in the last game at Goodison.
“Anybody who would rule themselves out of this great job would be a surprise to me.”
He closed out talk about his job adding that he was happy to be part of the club in whatever role.
“The backing I’ve received has been incredible. The home and away support has been incredible. We need the fans more than ever. It’s easy to follow a team that is winning, but they’ve backed us.
“I’m keen to do my best for the club. If that’s sat here, brilliant. If that’s with the U23s, brilliant.”