An opportunity higher than his role as u23s head coach never rarely materialised at Goodison park for Rhino. Although a lot of people certainly think he should have had an involvement with the first team after Koeman’s dismissal.
David Unsworth looks set to take an opportunity to become manager at Oxford United on a permanent basis. Unsworth has been at Everton since 2013 in his role as Everton’s u23 manager, with numerous spells in temporary charge of Everton’s first team.
It is widely believed that Unsworth should have been promoted from his u23s position to a role within the first team. This belief became apparent on the back of Unsworth’s incredible work with Everton’s youth products in the u23s side, but also his commitment to the club and professionalism to steer Everton’s first team through some sticky patches as caretaker manager on more than one occasion.
Oxford’s need for a new manager came about on the back of their club officials sacking their manager, Pep Clotet, on the 22nd of January. It is understood that David Unsworth was one of Oxford’s favoured options after they dismissed their former manager.
The U’s had won 12, drawn 11 and had 13 defeats in Clotet’s time in charge. Amongst those defeats was a 7-0 thumping at home to Wigan Athletic and Clotet’s last game in charge were Oxford suffered a 2-1 defeat to league One’s bottom side Bury.
It’s going to be a hard pill to swallow for most Evertonians after the work and success David Unsworth has forged with the clubs next crop of talent. A huge advocate of young talent, Unsworth helped the likes of John Stones, Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, JonJoe Kenny and Beni Baningime into permanent first team roles from his u23s side. Unsworth has been an incredible ambassador for Everton and our club owes him a hell of a lot for his endeavours and sheer attitude during some unprecedented times.
Everton have already begun interviewing to replace Unsworth should he make the switch and although it’s not yet known who his replacement will be, it’s thought Fanny Jeffers will take over until it is confirmed.
If Everton don’t recruit a replacement that holds the same enthusiasm and stubbornness to promote and improve our youth, it could end with even more of our better young players looking elsewhere, with Sam Allardyce not exactly keen on giving our younger players opportunities.