Everton Football Club announce that David Unsworth will take temporary charge of the Everton first team, commencing with tomorrow night’s Carabou Cup tie at Stamford Bridge.”
Koeman was dismissed on Monday in the wake of Sunday’s 5-2 hammering by Arsenal, leaving Everton in the relegation zone despite spending a reported £142million in the close-season.
Koeman was sacked because the Everton board felt they simply could not let him face the humiliation of a crowd that had turned so vehemently against the Dutchman any longer – but that means they did not line up a long term replacement.
Unsworth will be asked to remain in charge at least until the international break, which comes in two weeks.
Unsworth will make clear that he would like a chance to prove he is worthy of the role full time, and there is a genuine feeling from Chairman Bill Kenwright and principle owner Farhad Moshiri that the long serving Everton stalwart deserves an opportunity.
They will now give the man who has guided the clubs U23s to successive trophies, and helped progress talent such as Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny and Dominic Calvert-Lewin into the first team, a period to show he can thrive at Premier League level.
Everton have won just two of their first nine league matches, while they also sit bottom of their Europa League group.
Unsworth, who is in charge of Everton’s Under-23s, played the best part of 11 years at Goodison Park across two spells and has been linked to the club in a coaching capacity since 2013.
He will likely be hoping to stake his claim for taking the role permanently, but Burnley manager, Sean Dyche is considered the favourite.
The appointment gives time for Kenwright and Moshiri to weigh up whether they need to make a move for a big name manager, with German golden boy Thomas Tuchel identified as their number one target if they go down that route.
Koeman showed dignity as he accepted the reasons behind his departure in a personal meeting with Kenwright at the club’s training groun, and he swiftly called a meeting with his squad to thank them for their efforts.