Troubled English Premier League side, Everton don't need to go too far to get a befitting replacement for their former manager Ronald Koeman, a former player with the Toffees, Daniel Amokachi has suggested.

Amokachi has called on his former English club to appoint David Unsworth as permanent manager.

Unsworth — who is the club’s Under-23 manager — was placed in temporary charge on Tuesday, a day after Koeman’s dismissal.

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“He is somebody who is willing to die for the team,” Amokachi told BBC World Service. “Once a blue, always a blue.

“I would love to see him appointed. He has all the qualities to take Everton to the next level.”


Amokachi played with Unsworth at Everton in the 1990s and they were both part of the squad that won the FA Cup in 1995.

He believes that the former defender has the qualities needed to turn Everton’s fortunes around.

“There is always a first step that you take to become great,” he said. “And he made that first step with the Under-23s.

“He’s shown all the Evertonians he’s capable of bringing the best out of football players. I was back at Goodison Park three weeks ago and I saw how respected he is by all Evertonians.

“We’ve seen in France, in Spain, where youth coaches came on board and did a great job. Why not Everton?

“Give him a chance. You don’t need to bring somebody in and spend a fortune when you have somebody who can bring the best out of the players. Some fans want a high-profile coach but if you have somebody who can do the job, why not stick with him?”

Though there was an improved display by the Toffees, Unsworth started his reign with a loss away to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

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