David Unsworth calls on Everton’s dud players to shape up or ship out

• Caretaker prepares for West Ham on Wednesday amid great uncertainty
• ‘They need to say they are not up for it and we will get players who are’

David Unsworth has conceded Everton are likely to replace him at any moment with Sam Allardyce or another long-term appointment and the caretaker manager suggested some of the players he inherited lack the courage to arrest the team’s alarming slump.

Unsworth has overseen five defeats in seven games since becoming Ronald Koeman’s temporary successor on 23 October, with the latest, Sunday’s 4-1 defeat at Southampton, increasing Everton’s desperation to make a permanent appointment. Allardyce is the current favourite and Unsworth, speaking as he prepared for West Ham United’s visit to Goodison Park on Wednesday, said: “There were no guarantees five weeks ago that it would last a week, two weeks [for me.] So as far as I’m aware I will be in charge tomorrow night unless somebody tells me different.

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