Sky Sports pundit John Salako says that David Unsworth is not good enough to be the Everton manager on a full-time basis.
Unsworth has been in caretaker charge at Goodison Park since Ronald Koeman was sacked last month, with the club still searching for a permanent boss.
The 5-1 Europa League defeat at home to Atalanta this week has increased the pressure on the club’s owners to appoint a new boss as soon as possible.
However, with the club unable to find a replacement for Koeman, it seems Unsworth could remain in charge until at least the end of the season.
The former Everton Under-23 boss has lost four of his first six matches in temporary charge and Sky Sports pundit Salako believes the 44-year-old is not good enough to manage the club on a full-time basis.
“I feel really feel for David because he should been told either one thing or the other,” he told Sky Sports News (26/11, 1:26pm).
“He is part of the fabric at Everton. He’s been there for years and they know him inside out.
“I think they wanted to go him a chance, but Everton is such a big club, it’s too big of a first job for him.”
The highly-rated Watford boss Marco Silva had emerged as the club’s first-choice for the role, but their Premier League rivals are refusing to let him leave.
Salako suggested that the club have made a mistake by “putting all their eggs in one basket” in their pursuit of Silva and admitted he was surprised they did not appoint former England boss Sam Allardyce until the end of the season.
Everton are taking on Southampton in Premier League action this afternoon and are currently in 16th place in the league table, two points above the relegation zone.