Unsworth emerges as bookies’ favourite for Everton job

David Unsworth has leapfrogged Sam Allardyce to become the bookmakers’ favourite for the permanent Everton job.

The 44-year-old, who has worked as the Toffees’ Under-23s coach since 2014, is currently in temporary charge of the first team.

The club’s board turned to Unsworth following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman, who was sent packing after overseeing just two wins in nine Premier League games.

It was a difficult start for the interim coach as the Toffees suffered exits from the Carabao Cup and Europa League.

The team were also beaten by Leicester City in the Premier League, but there was some good news last weekend when the team came from behind to earn a 3-2 victory over Watford at Goodison Park.

It was initially widely speculated that Unsworth would be replaced by a more experienced coach, but there has been since been a shift in the betting markets.

SkyBet is offering odds of 1/2 on the former Everton defender being handed the job on a full-time basis.

Former Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce was thought to be a front-runner for the position, but the 63-year-old has told talkSPORT that he has no held talks with the Merseyside outfit.

As it stands, the ex-England manager, who lasted just 67 days in the job, is the second-favourite to be appointed at Goodison Park, with odds of 5/2.