Joey Barton has made no secret of the fact that he does not believe that David Unsworth is the right man to lead Everton.
The 44-year-old was appointed first-team boss on a temporary basis following the sacking of manager Ronald Koeman.
Unsworth has been in charge of the Under-23s since 2014, but his foray into the senior setup has not gone to plan.
Everton have lost five of their seven games in all competitions under the guidance of Unsworth, who came through the academy system at the Toffees as a player.
The most recent result was a damaging 4-1 loss to Southampton, who prior to the contest at St Mary’s had scored just nine Premier League goals in 12 matches.
Barton previously criticised Unsworth’s weight and he continues to blast the coach’s tactics, formations and training methods.
The manager is responsible. He is the leader. He picks the team. He sets the tone. If the players don’t perform, it’s on him to find a solution. Don’t like it? Don’t put yourself in a position to lead. Don’t say you want the job, if you can’t do it. No sympathy.
— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) November 26, 2017
Former Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce and current Watford manager Marco Silva have been linked to the vacancy at Everton, but the club are yet to make an appointment, despite dismissing Koeman just over a month ago.