David Unsworth admits the Blues are fighting against relegation
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth admitted the struggling Toffees are in a relegation battle.
The Blues travelled to the King Power Stadium on Sunday but succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against the Foxes, who were managed by new boss Claude Puel for the first time.
Jamie Vardy scored the opening goal in the first half before Demarai Gray grabbed the second – courtesy of a miskick from Everton right-back Jonjoe Kenny.
The Blues should have had a penalty, after Aaron Lennon was fouled by Christian Fuchs, but Unsworth admitted the Toffees, who remain third bottom, are in a relegation battle.
He said: “We have to be honest, we are where we are. The answer to that is yes. But at the same time, (it’s) nothing a couple of back-to-back wins wouldn’t put right, to settle everyone down.
“The job isn’t bigger than I expected. Any manager who comes in wants to get quick results to get confidence rolling but you need time on the grass to get your opinions over.”
Barton said: “I saw him getting onto the coach as Everton manager the other day, he doesn’t look right. He’s waddling onto the coach.
“I was reading a British Army service manual the other day and one of the things it says is ‘you’ve got to be fit to lead your troops into battle’. Now I’m not saying you can’t manage Everton if you’re overweight but it certainly doesn’t look right.
“He’s standing in his suit on the touchline, he doesn’t look like a manager for me.”
But Unsworth dismissed Barton’s comments immediately afterwards.
“I’ve not seen that. It’s not a problem what Joey Barton says, I couldn’t care less,” he said.”