David Unsworth’s life has changed dramatically over the last week or so following the dismissal of Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
The 44-year-old has been working as the club’s Under-23s coach since 2014, but he found himself in a different position recently.
Unsworth was appointed as temporary manager to the first team, and in that time has overseen three defeats.
The most recent of which was a 3-0 loss to Lyon, which resulted in the Merseyside club crashing out of the Europa League.
Former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has been vocal about Unsworth’s credentials for the full-time position.
While speaking on radio station talkSPORT, the controversial footballer criticised Unsworth’s weight, claiming that he does not look like a Premier League manager.
Barton maintains that the current stand-in should not be offered the manager’s job permanently, and on Twitter, the 35-year-old took at dig at former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville, who endorsed Unsworth in a recent article for BBC Sport.
The ex-QPR midfielder was replying to a fellow Twitter user who criticised Unsworth’s team formation for Thursday’s Europa League clash.
— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) November 2, 2017