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17 Oct 2017 08:23:43
The way I see it, we only have two good, realistic options should we sack Koeman. One of them is Unsworth. He knows the club and would bring stability. Maybe we give it to him interim until Christmas and see where we are then.

If we got the likes of Howe or Dyche, they would still represent a risk and they have as much experience as Unsworth at managing a club of our stature and with our lofty ambitions: zero. If we go for the likes of Fonseca or Favre, then theh could end up being a Mourinho or a Pochettino, but could also potentially be a Villas Boas or a Van Gaal. The likes of Ancelotti will not come to us.

The second realistic option is Benitez. He would jump at the chance to come here, still has his house on the Wirral, has experience of winning, managing top teams and of the Premier League.

So for me it's a choice of two (although I do quite like Marco Silva if I had to pick a third, despite him not fitting the criteria I set above) .

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17 Oct 2017 09:50:03
Unsworth hasn't been given a chance because we had just been taken over (49.9 percent worth) and needed a big name in order to extend our profile. But actually I profile at the moment has been damaged. I don't think the board are going to knee jerk and see them giving Koeman until January, unless of course the unthinkable happens and we continue with this downward trend, then he will be off.

17 Oct 2017 10:03:41
Unsworth is doing a great job with the U23's, its becoming a great development centre for young talent, if he takes over the first team, crashes and burns we have lost a great servant, he does not have the experience at this time and will need to develop elsewhere first.
Even experienced managers are struggling here, most were really excited at the prospect of Koeman, it also shows that the extra money does not always add success straight away!

17 Oct 2017 10:50:12
Well Unsworth could not do a worse job than Koeman.

17 Oct 2017 11:57:08
We could have an agreement that if it doesn't work out then Unsworth can have his old job back. I'm led to believe that Craig Shakespeare had the same at Leicester (not sure if it's still valid now he's permanent though) . And I agree, anything has to be better than at the moment.

17 Oct 2017 15:47:25
shakespears just been sacked.

17 Oct 2017 19:59:32
Hahaha just seen that Charlie, what timing after my post before!

18 Oct 2017 13:02:33
An Irish Red here Tommy. Just a genuine question. Would the Everton supporters, as a whole, be happy to accept Rafa as a replacement? I do reckon he would be interested but thought that history would have meant a deal would be unlikely.

18 Oct 2017 17:35:36
David Unsworth, with Joe Royle on hand for the partnership and experience, worked well in the one game they took charge, short term til xmas see how it goes, f successful problem solved, if not go for a manager who can come in December, assess and take action in the January window if needed.

The manager needs to change, not the team, it does not look like Koeman will change his tactics or personnel so cannot see anything improving.

18 Oct 2017 23:39:57
Macko, I think it would divide opinion. There are many who would not want him to start with and would be there ready to say "I told you so" if he fails. Talk of "Agent Benitez" from Reds would have them in a blind fury should we lose a couple. However, if he is successful, I think most anger would dissipate pretty quickly. I don't think that he would normally be someone I would choose but it's desperate times and he is a successful, proven manager who would undoubtedly improve us.

Bazwil, I was just thinking the other day that Unsworth would need an experienced assistant to guide him (so not Big Dunc, maybe he could try and coach the U23s? ) Royle would be the perfect man to get on board. Good shout.



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