As much as I love Unsworth I would like him to have a bit more experience within the first team before becoming permanent manager. It just seems to me that a lot of caretaker managers that have little first team experience have got the boot recently after having a good start. Monk , Sherwood, Shakespeare etc but at the end of the day you have to cut your teeth some time I guess and some have worked out for other clubs.
Monk went straight in with coaching experience. Shakespeare came in from assistant manager role. Sherwood was 4 years assistant manager, 1 year technical director, 6 months manager.
Unsworth has just focused on managing his team, he's not been working alongside the last guy and thinks he knows how to do it the same but a bit better. He's got his own way and he understands the reasoning, the objectives, the wisdom, from experience.
Unsworth has shown a high level of competency in the core roles of management. We have Walsh to identify targets, we have Elstone to worry about commercial objectives. He's there to pick team, motivate and develop and it's hard to find things to knock him with on those fronts until he loses his 100% win ratio from last year and a half(1 game, joke).
The players who have come into the first team and looked the most motivated have often been playing under Unsworth. Kenny, Davies, Lookman, Niasse, DCL. no questions about attitude or endeavour from any of them. I've listened to Unsworth because of my sympathy for Niasse, but to me he's always appeared a much better ambassador and more motivational for the club than Koeman ever did.
I can understand concerns about the learning gradient on tactical matters, but I think Koeman and others have shown their methods are relatively crude when it stops working, often managers who have achieved short term growth elsewhere.
All players will improve with new chance and suddenly instead of looking threadbare, we'll have u23s, experienced players, new signings, players returning from injury. A look at the squad with a fresh perspective starts making us look rather good again.