David Moyes tells David Unsworth to carry on as a manager after Everton

• West Ham manager advises Unsworth to take charge of lower-league club
• Scot returns to Goodison on Wednesday hoping for first win with new side

David Moyes has urged David Unsworth not to give up on management and to consider a job in the lower leagues when his time as Everton’s caretaker comes to an end.

Unsworth’s hopes of showing that he was the right man for the job after stepping in for Ronald Koeman last month have slipped away following five defeats in his first seven games, with Everton two points above the bottom three after losing 4-1 at Southampton on Sunday.

However Moyes, who could increase the pressure on his former side by leading 18th-placed West Ham United to victory at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, believes the 44-year-old should not hesitate to prove himself as a No1 elsewhere, perhaps beneath the Premier League, once Everton install a new manager.

“If he doesn’t take the Everton job, I think I would be telling Unsy to go and manage somewhere and earn your corn,” Moyes said. “If you want to move on, go and get a job in the Championship or League One. I think there has been a generation of really good players out there who I believe should go and manage and try and come up.

“I would say earn your stripes first and show you can organise so that you can control the team and show that your training works, all the things that are linked with management and leadership. Why don’t you go and do that and then get yourself prepared for the big job? But because the way the game has gone now there are a lot of them who don’t want to put themselves out and take a job because if this doesn’t work then they are done. I still believe the best thing to do is to go out and trust yourself to win a few games wherever you go.”

Moyes said he would not relay that message to Unsworth on Wednesday. “I think one way or another David Unsworth will still be hoping he will be Everton manager, and why should he not be?” he said. “He has to do that. But if he doesn’t get it, for Unsy he has done a very good job with Everton under-23s. I think he won the league last year, they are up towards the top of the league. Maybe the next step for Unsy is to try and get a decent job which would give him a chance of getting into the management level and get a few years under his belt.”

Yet Moyes, who spent 11 years at Goodison Park, will not be feeling sentimental when West Ham look to leapfrog Everton with a first victory under their new manager. “I need to win with West Ham, it’s really important we try and pick up three points,” he said. “We got our first point last week and we need a first clean sheet and a first three points. I’m hopefully going to get one of them when I go back to Goodison.

“Everton was part of my life, part of my family’s life, for a great deal of time. I don’t think many managers will do 11 years at a club again, but I’ve been away a long while now and I’ve been back as well. It’s a great place – the staff, the people behind the scenes – and I know a lot of the players and I know David Unsworth very well. He scored 25 seconds into my first game as manager, so I’ll always remember Unsy for that and he’s a good lad as well.

“I think when you are a manager you always look at how difficult it is for other managers,” Moyes added. “There’s no managers getting an easy ride. Unsy has taken over in a difficult period.”


Jacob Steinberg

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
David Moyes tells John Heitinga to regain focus at Everton
David Moyes has told John Heitinga to raise his game if he is to secure a first-team place at Everton

Andy Hunter

22, Oct, 2010 @11:08 PM

Article image
West Ham interested in signing Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla, says David Moyes
The West Ham manager, who is also keen on Harry Arter and Alfie Mawson, may face competition from Everton for the Sevilla midfielder’s signature in January

Jacob Steinberg

25, Dec, 2017 @10:30 PM

Article image
David Moyes alchemy turns stolid Everton into solid gold | Kevin McCarra
Kevin McCarra: Wins over Chelsea and now Manchester United showed that Everton offer a lot more than just resilience and hard work

Kevin McCarra

22, Feb, 2010 @9:14 PM

Article image
David Moyes accepting of what he cannot change with West Ham’s squad
David Moyes, taking West Ham to Goodison for Wednesday’s match, is keen to re-employ the methods which worked well for him through much of his 11-year spell in charge there

Jacob Steinberg

29, Nov, 2017 @8:15 AM

Article image
David Moyes fears another summer of transfer uncertainty at Everton
David Moyes has revealed he fears Everton will face a second summer of transfer uncertainty

Andy Hunter and Mikey Stafford

08, May, 2009 @5:36 PM

Article image
David Moyes hails Saïd Benrahma and Jesse Lingard partnership
David Moyes hopes the West Ham winger Saïd Benrahmacan can strike up a devastating creative partnership with Jesse Lingar

Jacob Steinberg

05, Feb, 2021 @10:30 PM

Article image
West Ham’s David Moyes spares a thought for displaced Joe Hart
David Moyes, the West Ham manager, expressed his compassion for goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has lost his place to Adrián

Nick Ames at the London Stadium

10, Dec, 2017 @10:30 PM

Article image
David Moyes confident of deal to keep Steven Pienaar at Everton
David Moyes has said he is confident that Steven Pienaar will commit his future to Everton before the World Cup

Andy Hunter

23, Apr, 2010 @11:16 PM

Article image
David Moyes assures Yakubu he still has a future at Everton
David Moyes has told Yakubu Ayegbeni that he is part of his plans at Everton despite him struggling to find form after his achilles injury in November 2008

Andy Hunter

05, Apr, 2010 @11:10 PM

Article image
Joleon Lescott upset by David Moyes but apologises to Everton fans
Joleon Lescott has offered an apology to Everton fans but was upset by accusations by David Moyes before his move to Manchester City

Daniel Taylor

26, Aug, 2009 @11:10 PM