David Unsworth ready to revive Everton’s dogs-of-war mentality | Paul Wilson

Former centre-half can bring back bite but a harder task will be to get everyone at the club, including the owner and chairman, pulling in the same direction

David Unsworth has been in charge of Everton for only a week but has quickly become adept at saying all the right things. Yes, he would like the job permanently. Yes, Everton can climb out of trouble. And yes, they can still remember how to scrap if they have to.

That last detail could be important, because Ronald Koeman appeared to have smoothed out all the rough edges of Everton’s old dogs-of-war approach before leaving, but Unsworth happens to be a paid-up member of the dogs?of?war era. And just to be on the safe side, he is turning for advice and assistance to Joe Royle, who came up with the dogs?of?war idea in the first place.

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