By Danny Wright

31st Oct, 2017 | 3:58pm

Sky Sports: 44-year-old expected to be in charge of Everton for clashes v Lyon and Watford

By Danny Wright

David Unsworth is expected to remain in caretaker charge of Everton for this week’s clashes against Lyon and Watford, according to a report.

Sky Sports claims that the 44-year-old will remain in the Goodison Park hotseat even though the Merseyside club are stepping up their pursuit of Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

Sky Sports earlier reported on their live transfer blog on Tuesday [07:08am] that Everton were plotting to make an approach for the Turf Moor boss within the next 24 hours.

However it is now claimed that the Toffees are not planning an “imminent” move for Dyche and Unsworth is likely to remain in charge for the rest of this week.

Unsworth is being backed by most pundits to be handed the first-team managerial role on a permanent basis after he stepped up from leading the Under-23 squad in the wake of Ronald Koeman’s sacking.

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Since taking the reigns, the ex-Goodison defender has seen his side lost 2-1 to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and 2-0 away to Leicester in the Premier League.

Football Insider Verdict

Unsworth is being backed by a lot of pundits to take the reins on a permanent basis at Everton, but his early results in charge won’t have done him any favours. Upcoming games against Lyon and Watford might not help too as the French side are certainly no pushovers and the Hornets have been in really good form. Unsworth seems like he has all the credentials to be a top manager some day but he is yet to get any experience elsewhere. Managing the Under-23 side is all well and good but that will be completely different to dealing with the likes of big name players like Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Everyone is saying that the Premier League needs more English managers but they have to earn it first.

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