Unsworth hopes new Everton manager is given time


Puel did so before kick-off in an odd interview with four of Sky Sports' punditry team on the substitutes bench where Thierry Henry was on hand to translate whenever his compatriot found difficulty expressing his feelings in English.

Former Premier League footballer Joey Barton has slammed Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth.

Leicester's victory handed Claude Puel a winning start to his tenure as manager following his appointment on Wednesday.

His mood was in stark contrast to Puel, whoses side raced into a two goal lead before half an hour had been played to set themselves up for a comfortable win. But ref Andre Marriner waved aside their protests despite TV replays showing the Austrian failed to get a touch on the ball.

"The opportunity to help the Club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I'm looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success".

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Unsworth made a double switch at half time with Oumar Niasse and Beni Baningime replacing Kevin Mirallas and Lennon but despite an improvement Kasper Schmeichel was rarely troubled.

Everton started poorly against Leicester and fell behind to Jamie Vardy's 18th-minute opener and Demarai Gray's deflected cross shortly after. "It's not a problem what Joey Barton says, I couldn't care less", he said.

Vardy revealed that Puel "didn't want to change too much" for his first game in charge, and added: "He's just put a few tactical tweaks in there and it's paid off for us today".

It initially appeared to be an own goal but was awarded to Gray - who has struggled to pin down a first-team place - following a review. We need three points quickly.

The Everton fan told talkSPORT: "I used to watch him as an Evertonian and he was the most immobile left-back I've ever seen".