By Danny Wright
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness believes that Everton must make David Unsworth their next first-team manager following the sacking of Ronald Koeman earlier this week.
Unsworth has taken caretaker charge of the Toffees while they search for a new manager and made a decent account of himself in Wednesday’s respectable 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the League Cup.
The Everton Under-23 boss made some big changes to the starting line-up, bringing Aaron Lennon, James McCarthy and youngster Beni Baningime into the team as they suffered a narrow defeat at Stamford Bridge after their 5-2 hammering at home against Arsenal on Sunday.
Souness reckons that Unsworth’s experience of what it is like to be an Evertonian, as well as already having a good grasp on the squad, makes him the perfect candidate.
“I would give it to him. I think he has two very obvious advantages over anybody else,” said Souness, as quoted on Sky Sports’ live transfer blog on Thursday [11:28am].
“He knows the club inside out. He knows who’s coming through. He’s an Everton man.”
Unsworth enjoyed two great spells at Goodison Park during his playing career as well as earning one England cap in 1995 while he was becoming a first-team regular at Everton.
He has been Under-23 boss since 2014 and has already stepped up to take caretaker charge of the first-team in the final game of the 2015/16 after Roberto Martinez was sacked.
Everton are currently 18th in the Premier League standings after a poor start to the season despite spending big in the summer.
Provided they don’t hire anyone in the meantime, Unsworth will take charge of the next league game against Leicester at the King Power on Sunday.
The Foxes will be eager for a result as Claude Puel will be managing his first game since being handed the job this week to replace Craig Shakespeare.
In other Everton news, Neville Southall has said who the Toffees are in need of after Koeman was axed.