Joey Barton has suggested that David Unsworth is too fat to be a football manager in an oddly personal attack on the Everton caretaker manager.
The former defender oversaw his side’s first league match without Ronald Koeman, but the Toffees went down 2-0 to Leicester at the King Power in a result that keeps them in the relegation zone.
Unsworth, current manager of the Everton under-23 team, has made no secret of the fact that he would like to succeed Koeman on a permanent basis. Speaking on Talksport in the wake of that defeat, Barton, who is currently serving an 18-month suspension for betting offences, has offered an odd reason as to why he should not be given the job:
“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. 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.
“I used to watch him as an Evertonian and he was the most immobile left back I’ve ever seen. He’s not a manager and doesn’t look like one.”
Barton continued the tirade on Twiiter, dismissing Unsworth’s decision to substitute Kevin Mirallas, Aaron Lennon and Wayne Rooney during Sunday’s match as “egotistical” and predicting that Everton will go down if he is given the job full-time:
Will be relegated with him. Took Miralles, Lennon and Rooney off to show he’s not scared of making big decisions. Egotistical moves. https://t.co/nzB7FX7T6M
— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) October 29, 2017
Unsworth refused to rise to Barton’s jibes when they were relaid to him, insisting that he doesn’t care what the ex-Burnley midfielder has to say:
“I’ve not seen that. It’s not a problem what Joey Barton says, I couldn’t care less.”
Unsworth will get another chance to make a case to be given the post when Everton host Watford this weekend. Above all else, the team desperately needs to start picking up points to get back up the table.