Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY NEIL MOXLEY

DAVID UNSWORTH and Joe Royle are fac­ing the axe if Sam Al­lardyce takes con­trol at Ever­ton.

The pair (above) have as­sumed care­taker roles fol­low­ing Ron­ald Koe­man’s exit.

Al­lardyce is lin­ing up sacked Le­ices­ter boss Craig Shake­speare to be his as­sis­tant if he takes over.

That will free up a role for di­rec­tor of foot­ball Steve Walsh, who is likely to re­vert to the po­si­tion he en­joyed at Le­ices­ter, where he ob­served from the bench.

Al­lardyce will ap­point his own back­room staff and there is un­likely to be room for the Tof­fees leg­ends.

That will hugely dis­ap­point the Ever­ton faith­ful, who, along with for­mer owner Bill Ken­wright, are keen for their own to suc­ceed.

Unsworth did him­self a power of good in the eyes of Ken­wright and ma­jor­ity share­holder Farhad Moshiri by tak­ing tough de­ci­sions dur­ing the 3-2 vic­tory over Wat­ford.

He sub­sti­tuted Wayne Rooney and the fact he was brave enough to take tough de­ci­sions was not lost in the di­rec­tors’ box.

How­ever, it re­mains an un­cer­tain sit­u­a­tion, with sup­port for Atletico Madrid boss Diego Sime­one com­ing from Moshiri.

With Al­lardyce favoured by Walsh, the Ar­gen­tinian by the owner and Unsworth by Ken­wright and the fans, it seems con­fu­sion will only be ended by re­sults in the next few weeks.

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