Everton favourite David Unsworth will leave the club to pursue managerial ambitions after nine years
Everton favourite David Unsworth will leave his role as academy director and Under-23 boss to pursue his own managerial ambitions after nine years at the club, as he admits it was ‘one of the hardest decisions’ he’s made
- David Unsworth will say goodbye to Everton after nine years there as a coach
- Former Toffees player and caretaker boss wants to work on becoming a manager
- ‘Everyone knows what Everton means to me, it has been my whole life,’ he said
David Unsworth will bid farewell to Everton after nine years as he looks to venture into the managerial world.
The former Toffees player and caretaker boss will leave his current role as academy director and Under 23s manager to pursue his own ambitions of being a first-team manager, it was announced on Tuesday.
Unsworth made 350 appearances for Everton during his playing days between 1992 and 1997 and 1998 to 2004, before joining the coaching set-up in 2013.
David Unsworth will bid farewell to Everton after nine years there as part of coaching staff
During his time with the U23s he was called upon to take charge of a faltering first team on a caretaker basis on two separate occasions.
He was at the helm for the final game of the 2015-16 season after Roberto Martinez left and then was drafted in to steady the ship for eight matches following the departure of Ronald Koeman the season after.
‘This has been one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my career,’ Unsworth, who played a part in the breakthroughs of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Anthony Gordon, Jonjoe Kenny and Mason Holgate into the first-team fold, told the club’s official website on Tuesday.
Unsworth made 350 appearances for Everton between 1992 and 1997 and 1998 to 2004
‘Everyone knows what Everton means to me, it has been my whole life and I have loved every minute of my time here.
‘However, to give me the best chance of achieving my career aspirations – and becoming a permanent first-team manager – I believe now is the right time for me to move on.
‘I would like to thank everyone I have worked with over the last nine years and the owner and chairman for the opportunities they have given me and for their unstinting support.
‘Everton is an amazing club and a club I will love forever – I wish everyone connected with Everton, every success in the future.’
During his time as a coach he was called upon to take charge of a faltering first team on a caretaker basis on two separate occasions
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright was full of praise for Unsworth, saying: ‘Since coming back to Everton as a coach, Unsie has shown everyone what he is – a great coach… a great Evertonian… and a winner.
‘While we’re sad to see someone with his talent and love for the club moving on, we completely understand and respect his decision.
‘On behalf of everyone at Everton, I wish him well for what I am sure will be a successful career in management.
‘From everyone at Everton, thank-you and good-luck, Unsie.’
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