Joey Barton slates David Unsworth after Everton lose again

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It's been a tough night for Everton and David Unsworth.

The 44-year-old is in caretaker charge of the club after Ronald Koeman was dismissed last Monday, and has been very outspoken of his desire to take the role on a permanent basis.

However, his hopes suffered another blow today after his side were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Leicester City, having been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Chelsea in midweek.

The result leaves Everton languishing in the relegation zone, which is remarkable given the amount of money the Blues spent in the summer, around the £150m mark.

And it is becoming clearer every week that this slump may be more serious than it seemed, with the club being dragged into a battle for survival.

Joey Barton, a boyhood Evertonian, had his say on talkSPORT after the match, and he didn't hold back in his criticism of Unsworth.

Barton took aim at the former defender's appearance, and claimed he shouldn't be in the position that he has found himself in.

"I used to watch him as an Evertonian and he was the most immobile left-back I've ever seen," he said.


"He's not a manager, he doesn't look like one.

"I watched him waddling on to the coach. How can you get players to exert themselves physically when you're out of shape?

"He's a glorified PE teacher who shouldn't be in charge of a men's team. Look at him on the touchline... he's more like a steward."

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Unsworth left record-signing Gylfi Sigurdsson on the bench for the second time this week as he looked to inject life into Everton's season.

Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray got the goals for the hosts, which leaves the Blues' season in tatters as we approach November.

After the game, the caretaker boss responded to Barton's comments, and expressed his disappointment at the result.

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"It's not a problem – anything Joey Barton says, I couldn't care less," he stated.

"That wasn't the performance I was expecting – we were a bit fearful and I was disappointed with the manner of the first goal.

"Watford next Sunday is now a massive game – we need the three points – and I'm sure the Goodison faithful will get behind us.”

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