David Unsworth dedicated Everton's thrilling 3-2 victory over Watford to the club's long-suffering fans as his team followed another depressing defeat in Lyon last Thursday with the Blues' first Premier League win since the 23rd of September.
The 44-year-old, possibly in the dugout as caretaker boss in place of Ronald Koeman for the last time, oversaw a rollercoaster game at Goodison Park that saw Everton come back from 2-0 down to win a League fixture for only the second time since that Wimbledon game 23 years ago.
The club's plight this afternoon might not have been as desperate as that relegation-defying encounter in 1994 but the Blues were in danger of losing a sixth successive match and remaining second from bottom heading into the international break.
Unsworth was full of praise for this players, many of them young and relatively inexperienced, and he credited them with the spirit to overcome a difficult situation after goals from Richarlison and Christian Kabasele had put the Hornets into a 2-0 lead.
Oumar Niasse halved the deficit, Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised and Leighton Baines scored the winner from the spot late on before former Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley despatched a penalty of his own the wrong side of the post.
“Incredible!” Unsworth beamed in the tunnel after the game. “I'm just delighted for the club and the fans that they can go home tonight happy.
“I didn't expect the second half to pan out quick like the way it did but to get the win and the manner of being two goals down [makes it] very special and it's a night that will live in the memory for a long time.
“The players have been magnificent. I've said all along that they've given me everything and they have. We've had a tough run of fixtures but that's no excuse. When you play for this great club you know that you've got to go away from home and give big performances and get results because our fans demand that.
“It's really important that we always go into every game and try and win. It was great to come back here tonight, to come home and bet 40,000 Evertonians behind us and that one's for them tonight.”
Unsworth's prospects of succeeding Koeman on a permanent basis appeared remote before kick-off after three successive defeats but he stressed that he did not know if he would be offered the post in light of today's win or if the board will look elsewhere for a new manager.
"Whatever will be will be," Unsworth said. "I have been the proudest man in the world to take charge for the last two weeks and no one can take that away from me.
"I know nothing about it. I'm sure I'll speak to the chairman and owner and I'll keep giving my best for this wonderful club."
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1 Posted 05/11/2017 at 20:30:50
2 Posted 05/11/2017 at 20:31:03
3 Posted 05/11/2017 at 20:39:05
Long may he remain so. Good luck Rhino. Now you actually have, for the first time, time to work with the first team for a decent period on the training ground, I believe the only way is up.
It seems clear the players are trying to give everything for Gaffer Rhino, but Koeman left a mess that no one could turn around overnight.
Would we have come back from 2-0 down with 'next Barca manager's Koeman at the helm??
Please Mosh, Rhino deserves a proper crack at this.
4 Posted 05/11/2017 at 20:40:56
5 Posted 05/11/2017 at 20:50:26
6 Posted 05/11/2017 at 20:53:32
Im not sure about his managerial abilities long term, but theres no outstanding candidate for the job, why not let him have it until the end of the season and lets see if Silva can prove himself a better candidate than Unsworth. Im not sure on Dyche being anothing other than another Moyes at best, fat sam is too corrupt and should be banned from football not just England, tuchel is hardly banging on our door. So lets see how well Unsworth can do Given time.
Its worth remembering that hes still yet to have two consecutive days of training yet, such has been the speed of games. I think he is a coach, and can coach this team to play better and to win and with a striker in January we can climb back to 7th.
7 Posted 05/11/2017 at 20:58:56
If he isn't our next manager, then you can guarantee that whoever it is will not have the same level of passion for our club.
They would however, undoubtedly have more managerial experience.
It is heart, desire and a genuine love for the club, verses experience. Ideally we could find someone with both but I'm not sure that person exists.
At least under Rhino, we have shown that we wouldn't go down without a fight.
8 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:03:30
Absolutely spot bollockin on
9 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:04:05
10 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:09:01
Unsworth is unlikely to squander millions in the market. He will put his faith in the youth and just buy where he is short, like a striker.
A new manager is likely to want to spend big on 5 or more players and thats just a complete waste of money.
Providing he can keep us in at least mid table (12th or above) this season, then lets see what he can do and if there can be some long term progression.
12 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:12:31
13 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:17:06
Dyche also needs to show he can do more than just back to the wall defending, so rest of the season for him might be good.
Tuchel is someone I would like, but the board would have appointed him already if he did want it. Thered also be some rumours and its all quiet really.
Theres no other candidates for me really. So Id hope for Unsworth until the end of the season. If it is not the turning point then you can get your brown paper bags ready and call up the bung master.
14 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:19:24
Rhino is an Evertonian through and through and has done a sterling job with the u23's . Right that's the reasons for him getting the job done and dusted.
The reasons against appointing him are many and i'm not going to list them all , but simply his tenure has been won 1, lost 3 goals for 4 goals against 9. That's relegation form. Relegation form.
15 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:24:37
16 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:25:31
200m of his money. You just cannot trust empoyees
17 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:30:10
18 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:32:09
19 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:33:14
I bet the crowd at the game would have had him at 80% or so, falling over the coming week.
20 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:34:54
21 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:37:37
22 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:40:26
23 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:48:13
I'd like to see him until Christmas. If we need a change then, we'll we need a change... But I can only see that being us having to get in an escape artist.
A top notch manager is going to need more control than we can give them mid season. And frankly, name's like Dyche just aren't top notch - he is only their through his club backing him. Let's not hurry ourselves to another expensive 'experienced' mistake.
Oh, and I fucking love Rhino's passion!
24 Posted 05/11/2017 at 21:55:18
Post 10 thinks we only need a striker and that four or five signings would be a waste. Jesus wept. Did you see our back four today and how disaster prone they all are?
So grateful for the points but we need a strong leader.
We'll be at Selhurst watching through our hands.
Also, why do we use the moniker "Rhino"? Probably pisses him off too. A cumbersome yet powerful, short sighted animal from Africa or Asia.
Can't we stick with Unsworth.
26 Posted 05/11/2017 at 22:17:09
We cant settle for second best as no doubt well well be in this position again in 12 months or so from now. Plus we cant afford another $100m+ on a short term project.
Id like Silva long term and would wait for him to come. Allardyce is another option until the end of the season if Unsworth is not deemed to be up to the Job.
Great 3 points today but in terms of building a cohesive team nothing has changed and maybe wont until key players are fit and we can bring in players in Jan window.
27 Posted 05/11/2017 at 23:00:47
Too many players, especially the younger ones, moved up from the u23s, talk about "Unsy". Clearly, they love the guy and will do anything for him, but they wouldn't have called Koeman a nickname, not to his face!
10 years ago, it would be Mr Unsworth or Gaffer or Boss. The players should stick to that.
28 Posted 05/11/2017 at 23:38:28
29 Posted 05/11/2017 at 23:50:34
We need a proven winner but no top manager would risk their reputation on a bottom half side so we need an interim manager
30 Posted 06/11/2017 at 00:28:13
31 Posted 06/11/2017 at 00:41:08
While we're at it, could anyone have seen Lukaku getting his head down and getting stuck into the opposition in an attempt to get us back into the game when we'd gone two nil down?
Niasse positively pulled the team along with him an a wave of positivity and enthusiasm this afternoon. That's the spirit that wins matches. Give him a gold plated locker and another new suit.
32 Posted 06/11/2017 at 00:43:22
(Maybe we should put in a cheeky bid to take him back)
33 Posted 06/11/2017 at 03:12:29
34 Posted 06/11/2017 at 03:54:16
35 Posted 06/11/2017 at 06:21:53
As regards to Schneiderlin and Mirallas... ha ha, just get rid. At least David has the bottle for a fight. It would never have happened under Koeman.
Onwards and keep fighting lads. Great day.
36 Posted 06/11/2017 at 06:27:07
What a genuine lad. Mr Lukaku would never have run his bollocks off for us. If his goals dry up then he is fooked. At least we got 90 mil plus.
37 Posted 06/11/2017 at 07:04:25
Give me Oumar's guts, determination and humility any time against Rom's ego and "I should be in the Champions League" mentality, and to hell with the team that nurtured and developed him for three years. Has he said one good thing about Everton since he went to Utd? Not a sausage, and just compare his attitude with Niasse who has gone through hell under Koeman, been called all kinds of crap, and yet still appears to love pulling on the blue shirt and being an Everton player .
When looking at Oumar Niaase, a line from the movie Cool Runnings, the film about the first Jamaican bobsled team comes to mind...
"I see pride, I see power, and I see a bad assed mother who won't take no crap off of anyone '
Like the guys in that movie, Niasse has just got on with his task, done everything that's been asked of him, and done it all with everyone deriding him and laughing in his face.
Now, who's laughing Mr. Clueless Koeman? If he continues his current strike rate, Niasse is currently on target for between twelve to fifteen goals for the season, not too bad from the number of minutes he's had so far. I think most of us would accept that as a good return, given that his league season didn't really start until the Bournemouth game and of course, a few days before that, he scored against Sunderland too in the League Cup.
We are into November and he is currently our joint top scorer, with Rooney. More power to his elbow, I say. He's a breath of fresh air and given a decent run in the team, he can only continue to improve as his understanding with his team mates gets better and better with each game he plays.
Lukaku is already looking for excuses at Utd, now saying he still has lots to learn and that he wants to learn to be a provider as well as a scorer. Hey, guess what. Rom. They shelled out for a goal machine, like you told anyone who'd listen was what you are. Now it seems you aren't as perfect as you think you are.
When the going gets tough...and all that. Man Utd fans are perhaps beginning to learn that Lukaku has a dark, sulky side and can go to sleep in games and doesn't always put in a full shift, as most of us know, unlike Niaase, who just keeps going, chases lost causes and never gives up.
Maybe, just maybe, there was something in that Russian player of the year award after all.
38 Posted 06/11/2017 at 08:13:43
39 Posted 06/11/2017 at 09:43:57
Did anyone hear talksport this morning. Jim White had a lengthy chat with Alan Brazil, as a taster for his show to come, starting in 20 minutes. He said he had been at Everton for the game. That he was a guest in the "boardroom" ( I think he meant he was in the directors box). There was some fluff Moshiri wants passed on to the fans about what a great club, what great fans etc etc.
What was of interest was this. I now believe that there will be no manager announcement just yet. It sounds like Moshiri wants a big name again, and there is no big name available. He said how Unsworth embodies the qualities associated with Everton, and that he is on the shortlist.
This sounds to me like Unsworth is going to get the job on an interim basis until the end of the season and meantime they will work on bringing in a big name.
I won't be listening when the show comes on, and would appreciate if someone can keep us informed. Cheers.
40 Posted 06/11/2017 at 09:49:16
41 Posted 06/11/2017 at 10:00:02
42 Posted 06/11/2017 at 10:06:44
It would be a worry that if Unsworth is manager the serious and long standing problems with the coaching at Finch farm will carry on.
In a few months time when the honeymoon is over and things may not be going so well, I doubt that the fact he is a great blue and a decent man will save him from some of the fickle bile on here.
43 Posted 06/11/2017 at 10:16:00
44 Posted 06/11/2017 at 10:16:54
"Moshiri: Unsworth embodies the spirit of @Everton and is on on shortlist to be Boss."
45 Posted 06/11/2017 at 10:19:39
46 Posted 06/11/2017 at 10:28:38
West Ham fans doing there nut on Talksport.
All those out there who mentioned Moyes for a possible return to Everton just watch this dour negative loser ruin West Ham. Thank God we deserved the Grim Reaper.
47 Posted 06/11/2017 at 10:54:22
I have nothing against Craig Shakespeare; but that Fat Maggot is a different story altogether. No doubt he will ensure safety, but I'd rather stick with Unsy than him.
I still maintain that we really need a long term solution as opposed to a quick fix. We have had more than enough mediocrity and inept management over the last thirty years.
Personally, although I have said Unsy as opposed to Allardyce; I would rather long term have Dyche or Tuchel.
48 Posted 06/11/2017 at 11:26:07
Perhaps give Rhino a run of games until New Year, and make a decision then.
I want it to work out for him and the fans, but everyone knows, its a result and performance business.
49 Posted 06/11/2017 at 11:50:51
50 Posted 06/11/2017 at 11:57:12
We have lost:
Koeman - manager
E. Koeman - coach
Kuiltenberg - fitness coach
? - goalkeeper coach
Unsworth and Ebrell replace the Koeman brothers, Unsworth brought in his mate as goalie coach, i'm unsure about a fitness coach. This also has a knock on effect on the Youth Academy, who are down coaches.
If Unsworth gets it until the end of the season, he can bring in some much needed coaching additions, both to the first team and to the academy.
51 Posted 06/11/2017 at 12:12:23
He has transformed Burnley on a budget, okay they went down, probably because of that limited budget; not easy competing against teams who have paid more for one player, than you have spent on the entire squad.
Having gone down, he bounced straight back again, not many do that. He has regularly beaten the big guns with his limited side. His motivation skills can't be questioned.
I don't think he tolerates passengers or gravy train freeloaders. Glad to note that Unsy reprimanded Schneiderlin and Mirallas for the same trait.
52 Posted 06/11/2017 at 12:27:18
53 Posted 06/11/2017 at 12:28:58
I'm still thinking the message is we want a big name and in the meantime that we would leave Unsworth in charge until the end of the season.
54 Posted 06/11/2017 at 12:46:45
55 Posted 06/11/2017 at 12:47:37
And we will finish 7th at.least
56 Posted 06/11/2017 at 13:08:25
Ancelotti - would he properly motivated (or just here for the money)? Can he manage well at the wrong end of the table? Can he sort out our issues on the training ground? Would he just want to buy 15 new players?
Tuchel - Can he do it outside of Germany? Would his personality translate to the Premier League? Would his tactics work? Can he adapt?
Silva - he is still new to the Premier League, he did well at Hull but ultimately he fell short and they were relegated. Watford started very well, but their current trend is dropping down the table, so is this normal Watford? are they actually any better? Can he actually fix our issues? Is he solid enough defensively? Can he fix our defence?
Allardyce - can he fix our defence and team without signing players? Will he sign a load of old players for a short term fix at the expense of our brilliant youth setup? Will there be lasting damage as a result? Will a high turnover of playing staff lead to massive losses on our big signings from the Koeman era? If Allardyce does fix the issues in the short term, can he change his tactics and adapt a more passing / attacking game to chase after the top 6? Would he want a contract beyond the end of the season, and would this be non-negotiable? How would he close the gap on the top 6, for which he has no experience?
Dyche - very good at managing Burnley, but this is a particular setup where he is on the backfoot and defending and countering. Can he make the switch to attacking teams and getting wins against teams who setup the way he is used to setting up? Can he fix the problems with us defensively in the short term? Burnley do not score a lot of goals, how can he get us scoring again? Burnley have only scored the same amount as us! Can he attract the big players? Can he work magic away from Burnley? He has a relegation on his record, so is he actually a good manager in a relegation dogfight?
Unsworth is risky. Aren't they all? If we play the Unsworth card, manager until the end of the season, and it fails, then we can still play the big Sam card and in circumstances where you are only worried about the short term and all the long term questions are forgotten.
57 Posted 06/11/2017 at 13:40:17
He took on a disoriented team down on its luck and confidence and we all know it's now a fight for survival and he loves the club to the bones. Who else would come with the appetite for a survival battle? We never know, he could be the man. I hope he is.
58 Posted 06/11/2017 at 15:39:02
We need a strong experienced manger to get the setup, team selection and tactics sorted out pronto.
I love Rhino but he just doesnt have enough experience in the "fine margins" of the premier league.
59 Posted 06/11/2017 at 15:51:49
When the time comes to take the big step up that is when we should look for big name coach - one who has real winning experience.
60 Posted 06/11/2017 at 16:16:49
As much as anyone else I want him to succeed - he's one of us - but I'm not fully convinced.
61 Posted 06/11/2017 at 16:21:59
We can't stake the future of the team on the basis of that. It would be akin to buying sledges for your kids for Chirstmas just because there was a blizzard last year.
Under him, it has been 4 games defined thus:
Played poorly, lost.
Played poorly, lost.
Played dismally, lost heavily (Lyon).
Played poorly, freaked a win with the help of the jammiest alignment of circumstances imaginable.
Dunno about the rest if yis, but I'm seeing a common thread here.
62 Posted 06/11/2017 at 16:23:11
63 Posted 06/11/2017 at 16:27:38
All our dilly-dalling around and now West Ham have stepped in and snapped up David Moyes from under our noses. We will regret this when the Hammers win the FA Cup and qualify for Europe this season just you watch...
64 Posted 06/11/2017 at 16:35:22
And I wish he'd stop shoving his tongue up Kenwright's arse all the time with his ridiculous interviews. "I talk to the chairman 3 or 4 times every day". Jesus Christ! WHY WOULD YOU? That clown is responsible for the mess the whole club is in.
Get on with the job David, we all want you to do well while you have it, but please stop all the drivel for the cameras and for Bullshit Bill.
65 Posted 06/11/2017 at 16:43:41
66 Posted 06/11/2017 at 16:44:49
67 Posted 06/11/2017 at 17:01:23
my dog could win stuff with Celtic now Rangers are out of the picture.
No more ex RS connections please.
My solution is staring us in the face = Ancellotti. Experienced good tactician, good man manager, prem experience and used to handling and attracting top players.
68 Posted 06/11/2017 at 18:32:02
I feel a bit like I'm sounding like an over eager cheerleader, but I think they're all much bigger risks short and long term.
Of course we shouldn't be super excited about nicking a win at home against Watford, but there's so much more to it. Anyone coming in is going to have to work with the players we have, not Burnley's well drilled but limited players, for example.
Anyone in now will have barely been given a decent crack before the window opens... So is Dyche/Silva going to be given a ton to spend?
I think it's too early to call in Allardych. It might not work out with Unsworth, and we might need someone who can steer the ship from the rocks... But we're not there yet.
A Hiddink/Ancelotti/Another could be tempted in the summer, especially with a large war chest to spend... But signing players in January is notoriously hard unless they're out of form or favour. This type of manager would also spell the end of the old boys really... Koeman was an in between, but acted (by the sound of things) as though we were a stepping stone to Barcelona.
Do we really need to take more expensive risks, or give our home grown manager a real chance?
69 Posted 06/11/2017 at 18:32:55
People calling for cultured managers, Ancelotti, Tuchel, even Rodgers! Big no.br>We only need a F1 car if we're in a F1 race. At this moment we're not. We're in a proverbial stock car race now. We need to crash and bang our way through this tough track. For this one race we need the right car then move onto the more cultured vehicle as soon as possible.
Martin, thanks for the history lesson on our lads. Nicknames, who'd of thunk it?
70 Posted 06/11/2017 at 18:49:44
71 Posted 06/11/2017 at 18:52:05
That was a BBC reporter who misheard somebody saying Sam was "on his way to 'ell - for dodgy deals."
72 Posted 06/11/2017 at 18:54:15
73 Posted 06/11/2017 at 18:55:29
76 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:23:35
77 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:24:36
78 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:26:40
79 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:38:07
How low can we get !
80 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:42:00
I think what's being overlooked is not just the damage that's been done by Koeman, but the nature of the damage. The heart and soul was torn out of this squad. Without that, anything Koeman himself tried was never going to work - and it didn't. His one final, almost, mini-reprieve, came from the inclusion of perhaps the one player who hadn't wilted under his dour, destructive persona; Oumar Niasse.
Without spirit in the team, all else becomes irrelevant. The repair and early stages of the return of team spirit is the abiding thing we have seen since Unsworth took charge. Those first three mixed, stuttering performances, culminated yesterday in the return of fight.
No-one's tactics, set-up, nouse, genius, experience would have done anything out of the box, absent that fight. Not Guardiola, not Conte. It's back. The players are trying to play. That crazy, chaotic comeback yesterday was impossible without it.
We shouldn't underestimate what Unsworth has done. Nor should we yet judge him too inexperienced or tactically naive. The squad is only now becoming ready to respond to that. It's easy and understandable that we should compare him to Koeman, post up formations, discuss width, players, substitutions, tactics. What did any of that mean under Koeman - Zero.
Unsworth has seen the players now - how they respond to his instructions (which he seems to like calling, information), his intentions. That yesterday, was massive. Pulled out the fire on the back of three straight defeats. Never mind the technicalities for now, that comeback took balls, and they're welcome back.
Do we really want Bungy in to start again? Start again he will, sweepingly. He will regiment and robotize. There will be no flair, no heart. Not so much spirit, more a stiff working commitment to a rigid, and yes proven, framework of defensive thinking that runs unwaveringly along the safety line on the graph.
It would take some time to batter into the players, and it wouldn't be pretty. It's highly likely we wouldn't be relegated - and that's it. That is all. Once this is dyed in, it is hard to wash out in the future - and that's ugly.
Those who were lucky enough yesterday to experience the increasingly-rare electric atmosphere of Goodison at her best, remember and relish - it will be gone for a long time if Allardyce gets anywhere near.
81 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:48:01
Just think, the two mangers in the dugout on the 29th of this month may well be Allardyce & Moyes!
Who'd have thought that was a possibility this summer? I'm slowly losing faith with this brave new world of ours.
82 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:49:14
If this is the best the Board can come up with then I really do think we'd be better off continuing with Unsworth, at least for this season.
83 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:50:45
84 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:52:07
85 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:55:59
86 Posted 06/11/2017 at 21:02:50
87 Posted 06/11/2017 at 21:12:45
Allardyce, if indeed he can wade through the abuse to take over, will be entitled to claim any and all credit as his own.
88 Posted 06/11/2017 at 21:15:57
But the "go" button won't be pressed until our premier league status is secured. So regardless of who the fan base want, Moshiri will appoint a manager who he is confident will keep us up.
Who that manager might be I don't know but I do know this - if he keeps us up there is a huge personal prize in that he will be involved over a two or three year period in the transformation of the club. That may attract a candidates(s) that neither we or the press are aware of.
The flip side of the coin doesn't bear thinking about. There is a lot a at stake in the next month.
So whoever the new manager is - David Unsworth or A Another he will need the support of the whole fan base irrespective of personal preferences, biases and opinions. We have to put all that stuff aside.
89 Posted 06/11/2017 at 21:20:59
90 Posted 06/11/2017 at 21:22:08
91 Posted 06/11/2017 at 23:56:04
92 Posted 07/11/2017 at 03:23:47
93 Posted 07/11/2017 at 10:39:43
I don't see the point in bring in a short term appointee together with his entourage. We could end up wasting more money getting in players that the permanent manager does not want.
Lets give Unsworth a chance till at least Christmas and see if he can turn things around. He has ticked off one of the major boxes in that he can instill some passion and fire in the team which they are prepared to do for him. I think the team also believe in his capabilities which is something our board should listen to.
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