Fans are demanding a long-term strategy over a ‘low risk quick fix’ appointment when it comes to the next permanent Everton manager but playing entertaining football is not a priority.
Almost three weeks on from Ronald Koeman’s sacking, the Blues have yet to announce his replacement with Under-23s boss David Unsworth currently continuing in a caretaker role.
The 44-year-old former Everton defender presided over three consecutive away defeats at Chelsea, Leicester City and Lyon and while he signed off before the international break with a stirring 3-2 comeback win at home to Watford, many supporters remained alarmed at how poor the side were for over an hour with many of the problems that have dogged the side so far this season remaining evident.
Although the result moved Everton out of the relegation zone, they remain in a somewhat precarious position but in an ECHO online survey , just 9.1% of respondents felt a “low risk quick fix” was more important than a long-term strategy (90.9%).
Fans were more pragmatic about their team’s style of play though with 68% preferring a manager who builds a hard-to-beat unit over one that plays entertaining football (32%).
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Both Koeman and predecessor Roberto Martinez came into the role with previous Premier League experience but before them, neither David Moyes or Walter Smith did.
Neither of the two most popular choices in our questionnaire (Diego Simeone, 57.9%; David Unsworth, 10.7%) have worked in the Premier League before.
Previous Premier League experience was preferable but not necessary said 51.1% of voters, while 18.3% believed it was not that important, 13.6% said it was quite important, 10.1% reckoned it was crucial but just 6.9% felt it was not necessary at all.
Under Unsworth, Beni Baningime became the latest graduate of Everton’s academy to progress into the first team and youth development continues to hold great stock with fans.
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Asked “How important is it that the new manager tries to bring through young players”, 44.9% felt it was quite important while 31.5% believed it was crucial.
A further 20.8% declared it was preferable but not necessary while only 1.9% believed it was not that important and just 0.8% said it was not necessary at all.