Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth will remain in charge at Goodison Park until the end of the season, before Marco Silva signs a permanent deal.

Everton have been searching for a new manager since Ronald Koeman was sacked last month. Caretaker boss Unsworth has won one and draw one of his five matches in temporary charge of the club.

Merson said recently that he believes Watford boss Marco Silva, Everton’s top target, should leave his role at Vicarage Road to join the Toffees because they are “massive” club.

However, Watford have refused to allow the highly-rated Portuguese to leave the club and Merson now believes interim boss Unsworth will keep his job until the end of the season.

“I think David Unsworth will have the job until the end of the season, and sooner or later the Silva deal will be done and it will happen in the summer,” Merson wrote on the Sky Sports website.

“I think Everton are writing this season off now, as long as they don’t go down. If they bring a manager in now, he’ll want £50m or £60m in January.”

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RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick, a highly-respected figure who has taken charge of several German clubs and transformed Leipzig into Bundesliga title contenders, has emerged as the latest contender.

Everton travel to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday with Merson predicting a 1-1 draw. The Toffees are currently 16th in the table and three points above the relegation zone.

Unsworth’s side face Atalanta in the Europa League this evening, but are already out of the competition.

In other Everton news, the Toffees’ managerial hunt has taken an unexpected twist.

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