I would not be a gam­ble, in­sists Unsworth as he stakes his claim to the Ever­ton job

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Tom Mas­ton

David Unsworth lacks ex­pe­ri­ence of Premier League man­age­ment, but he makes up for it in con­fi­dence, and hopes to per­suade Ever­ton to keep him in charge per­ma­nently.

The care­taker-man­ager takes the reins for just his sec­ond top-flight match to­day at Le­ices­ter City, with owner Farhad Moshiri and chair­man Bill Ken­wright still de­lib­er­at­ing over who should re­place Ron­ald Koe­man.

Unsworth, who was part of the last Ever­ton team to win any sil­ver­ware – the 1995 FA Cup – has had suc­cess as a coach, hav­ing guided the club’s un­der-23 side to the Premier League 2 ti­tle last sea­son.

And though he con­cedes man­ag­ing the se­nior side would be a step up, he does not feel his ap­point­ment would be a risk for the Ever­ton hi­er­ar­chy.

“I don’t think I’m a gam­ble. I’m a re­al­ist, not a dreamer, and any man­ager com­ing into any club is a gam­ble,” he said. “There are no guar­an­tees with any­body. But I know the club in­side out. I know our fans and their de­mands of what is needed.

“I can’t de­cide my fu­ture. Other peo- ple will de­cide that. All I’ll do is give it my best shot, but I don’t think I’m a gam­ble at all. It’s a great chal­lenge and it’s a chal­lenge I’m not afraid of. It’s a chal­lenge I’m ex­cited about.

“I want to be a man­ager, and I want to be Ever­ton man­ager. I have a real burn­ing de­sire to man­age and be suc­cess­ful and I hope that can hap­pen here.”

Unsworth has been tasked with turn­ing around re­sults that left Koe­man’s side in the rel­e­ga­tion zone be­fore the lat­ter’s sack­ing after last week’s 5-2 de­feat by Arsenal.

De­spite spend­ing more than £140mil­lion dur­ing the sum­mer, the Dutch coach fre­quently changed for­ma­tion and per­son­nel in an at­tempt to find a win­ning for­mula. His side won just twice in their open­ing nine league matches of the sea­son.

Unsworth is de­ter­mined to bring fast, at­tack­ing play back to the club, though he will not com­pro­mise the fight­ing in­stinct that char­ac­terised the Ever­ton sides he played in.

“What I re­ally want to do is play play­ers in their right po­si­tion and where they are com­fort­able within a team struc­ture. I wouldn’t want to be mov­ing play­ers into un­fa­mil­iar po­si­tions too of­ten.

“I like play­ing with width, I like cross­ing the ball and cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. I like to play on the front foot and get in peo­ple’s faces. It’s what has worked well for me as a coach.

“I know this club and I know, par­tic­u­larly at Goodison Park, you’ve got to play on the front foot and show the de­sire that our fans ex­pect and de­serve.

“Away from home ev­ery­one needs to fight and scrap for ev­ery point. I’ve been there. I know we can climb out of trou­ble.”

Unsworth was also stand-in man­ager at Ever­ton 17 months ago, when he took over the side after Roberto Martinez was sacked.

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