Is David Unsworth the best candidate for Everton to appoint as their new manager, now that he has won a match and has the crowd behind him?
Sam Allardyce remains the bookies’ favourite to replace Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park, with Burnley boss Sean Dyche a close second.
Allardyce is the obvious contender, as a manager who has never had a side relegated from the Premier League and who has kept Bolton, Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the top flight.
Dyche has been at Burnley for five years and he and the club have kept faith with each other, through tough campaigns that saw the Clarets drop down to the Championship, but return to the elite.
Unsworth is the current Everton caretaker-boss and had expected to return to his day job as their U23s coach once a new man was appointed.
His chances to land the manager’s job looked to be ended by three successive away defeats in the role, at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, Leicester City in the Premier League and Lyon in the Europa League.
But did Everton’s weekend 3-2 comeback win at home to Watford show that Unsworth could be the better bet to replace Koeman?
Before the Watford match, it seemed a matter of time before Allardyce or Dyche was appointed. At 2-0 down, either appointment looked practically a certainty.
But the manner of Everton’s spirited comeback, including the impact of youngsters like Lookman and Calvert-Lewin, looked inspirational on Unsworth’s behalf.
The demeanour of watching Everton chairman Bill Kenwright veered from despair to proud joy in the stands, as the Toffees grabbed a sensational win from the clutches of certain defeat.
That sort of enjoyment comes best from someone with a home-grown influence and you wouldn’t get that from an Allardyce or Dyche. Do either of them really need or want the Everton job?
Allardyce retired from club management when he left Palace last summer. Dyche currently has it as good at Burnley as he could possibly wish, riding high at 7th in the Premier League.
Both would start from scratch if they move to Goodison, with everything to learn, from the players and staff, to the facilities and the geography of the local area.
Unsworth knows the club from the inside. He played over 300 times for the Toffees in two stints and wears the club’s heart on his sleeve.
Everton’s 3-2 comeback win over Watford – and the crowd’s vociferous backing – shows that David Unsworth is the ideal man for the job, at least through to the end of the season.
Rather than the international break being the classic time for Everton to bring in an outside choice, it is instead the ideal opportunity to give Unsworth the job and let him use that breathing space to capitalise on the Watford win, to plan Everton’s rise up the table.