‘Special’ – Everton mainstay praises key managerial candidate
By Guy Giles
Everton’s Leighton Baines has praised caretaker manager David Unsworth, and says the Toffees’ comeback win over Watford was the least he deserved.
Unsworth has taken charge at Goodison since the sacking of Ronald Koeman two weeks ago, but his temporary reign has been a tumultuous one, with the Toffees crashing out of both the EFL Cup and the Europa League.
However the club did secure their first win under Unsworth against Watford, coming back from two goals down to win 3-2, with Baines scoring the winner from the penalty spot.
Now Baines has spoken glowingly about the caretaker boss and the effect he has had on the club during his short stint so far.
Speaking to Everton TV, as quoted by Sky Sports, Baines said: “He has been top drawer. I’ve loved the training sessions he’s put on and the way he has conducted himself. His talk before the game was special.
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“We would like to have given him more, and achieved better results – but we have got him a win, which he deserved, at the least.”
Baines’ penalty saw him become Everton’s record spot-kick scorer with 24, overtaking Unsworth himself.
Despite the Premier League now entering an international break, the win against Watford may not prove to be Unsworth’s last as Everton owner Farhad Moshiri revealed that the caretaker is indeed in the running to become the Toffees’ next permanent manager.
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