October 24th 2017
BBC SPORT – Everton’s caretaker boss David Unsworth says he wants the job full time.
The former Toffees defender was put in temporary charge on Tuesday, a day after previous manager Ronald Koeman was sacked.
“Who wouldn’t want the job?” Unsworth, 44, the club’s Under-23s manager said.
Ryan Giggs has already expressed an interest in the job and BBC Sport understands Phil Neville is also interested.
“I spent the afternoon with the chairman yesterday and we spoke everything Everton,” Unsworth told a news conference.
“The chairman has given me an opportunity to hopefully get a run of games where hopefully performance levels go up. From that, performances will dictate any future for me as Everton manager. I want to manage and this is an amazing club to be manager of. I make no secret of it.
“We had a great session this morning, the players were fine, they were buzzing. The players reacted straight away.”
Unsworth’s first game in charge will be Wednesday’s trip to Chelsea for a Carabou Cup tie.
The Merseyside club sacked Koeman on Monday after a 5-2 loss at home to Arsenal left them in the Premier League relegation zone.
Asked what the problems have been for Everton this season, Unsworth said: “We’ll all have our opinions and look at individuals or formations but the bottom line is we haven’t won enough games.
“The commitment to the cause has been there but it’s a collective thing. The team hasn’t won enough games and we have to burden the responsibility together.”
Unsworth had a previous spell as caretaker boss after Roberto Martinez left the club last season.
Neville, a BBC Match of the Day pundit, has previously spoken about his desire to manage a club full-time.
Ex-England international Neville, 40, made more than 250 appearances for Everton in eight years at the club.
The former Everton captain was previously assistant manager at La Liga side Valencia and was reportedly keen to take over at Goodison Park following David Moyes’ departure in 2013.
He went on to act as first-team coach at former club Manchester United in 2013 alongside Moyes and Ryan Giggs, before leaving in 2014.
He began his role at Valencia in July 2015 but left the club a year later.
Giggs has also expressed an interest in the managerial role, while Burnley manager Sean Dyche and former Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti have been linked with the vacancy.