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Unsworth wins coaching award

Deserved recognition for Everton’s U23 boss

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A whirlwind week for David Unsworth has ended on a high note with him being named Talent Development Coach of the Year at the 2017 UK Coaching Awards.

Just hours after guiding Everton to a 4-0 win over West Ham, Rhino travelled down south to collect his prize at an awards ceremony in London on Thursday.

The award is recognition for Unsworth’s achievements with Everton’s U23 side, who won the Premier League 2 Division One title last season.

Unsworth, of course, has been in charge of the senior team for the past five weeks following the departure of Ronald Koeman.

He made no secret of his desire to take the post full-time but, sadly, results went against him and Sam Allardyce’s arrival means he will return to his previous role with the U23s.

However, Wednesday’s win was a fine way to sign off and he is as popular as ever with the fans given the dignified way he handled himself during a difficult period for the club.

Hopefully he has become a better manager as a result of this experience and can use that to further develop the club’s young talent.

And maybe, just maybe, he will get another chance to manager the senior side sometime in the future.