'Naivety' - Cascarino criticises Everton senior man after Southampton defeat
Outspoken pundit Tony Cascarino has criticised Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth for his “naivety” during the weekend’s Premier League defeat at the hands of Southampton.
The Toffees suffered a damaging 4-1 loss against the Saints at the St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon just three days after Italian outfit Atalanta beat them 5-1 on Merseyside in the Europa League.
The Merseyside club have only managed to win one match in all competitions since Unsworth took charge after Ronald Koeman was dismissed from Goodison Park last month.
The defeat means that Everton have still failed to pick up a single victory away from home in the Premier League this season.
Writing in his column for the Times, Cascarino stated that although he felt sorry for Unsworth, the senior man did not do himself any favours with his tactical decisions.
“No matter what team David Unsworth picks at Everton they fail in every area,” he wrote.
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“There is a lack of pace and cohesion in defence, the midfield doesn’t work hard as a unit and the forwards barely manage to pass to each other.
“He’s making drastic changes each game because he’s desperate for something to happen.
“I feel for him but it shows tactical naivety and how much the club needs an experienced manager.”
The result means that the Toffees find themselves in 16th position in the league table and they are only two points above the bottom three.
It has been a rude awakening for Unsworth who enjoyed a wonderful campaign with the club’s Under-23 squad last season, guiding them to the league title.
Everton will be desperate to pick up some much needed points when they host West Ham United on Wednesday evening.