Former Everton and Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes that caretaker boss David Unsworth should be given the chance to work with the first team on a regular basis, as the club’s search for a permanent manager continues.
Unsworth has been in caretaker charge since Ronald Koeman was sacked last month. The Everton under-23 coach has won one and drawn one of his five matches as interim manager.
Former Hull boss Marco Silva emerged as the prime target for the vacant role at Goodison Park, but his current club Watford are refusing to let their highly-rated manager go.
Keown says that the 40-year-old Portuguese manager would have been the right choice for the Toffees, but insists Unsworth deserves more time with the first-team players and has potential to be a good manager.
“Marco Silva would probably be the right fit but I also feel Unsworth should be given the chance to work with the first team on a regular basis,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“He’s conducted himself with great dignity in the role he’s had and is growing as a manager.”
Everton grabbed an injury-time winner against Watford before the international break and took a valuable point against Crystal Palace in their last Premier League game.
Keown feels that those results have bought the club some time to make the right decision over who to appoint as their next manager of a full-time basis.
“Had they lost those two, then I feel certain someone would have been appointed by now.”
The Toffees face Atalanta in Europa League action this evening before Sunday’s Premier League clash with Southampton.
In other Everton news, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has given his view on the club’s search for a new boss.