While David Unsworth may only be the interim manager at Everton for now, his rise to the permanent role has always been his ambition.
Unsworth was a fan’s favourite as a player at Everton, and although he spent time at other clubs, his heart was always at Goodison Park.
When he left for the second time in 2005 to join Sheffield United, a fledgling NSNO requested an interview. Unsworth agreed, but due to lack of co-ordination and his lack of email access back then, the interview ended up being done via the Great British postal service.
Three pages of questions were sent, with the expectation that a member of the Sheffield United press office would type out the answers. Instead, Unsworth hand wrote his answers on the original question paper and posted them back – along with a signed shirt.
Questions included asking him about the youth facilities that were being built at Halewood, which he said were “much needed” – perhaps hoping that one day he would get to coach there.
First part of the hand written response from David Unsworth in 2006. The last question on the page though… pic.twitter.com/JZFYJXh9VE
— NSNO.co.uk (@nsno) October 24, 2017
He also wrote that leaving Everton was “the hardest thing I have ever done” and that when he “recently played at Watford, where they play Z-Cars as well and for two seconds I thought I was in an Everton shirt again and hairs were up on the back of my neck!!”
He also told us that thought Wayne Rooney would play for Everton again, but could hardly have known he’d end up managing him, although when we asked if he had any plans to go into management one day his reply was a simple “definitely.”
And, if there was ever any doubt about his commitment to the club, he told us that “it meant everything to play for Everton.”
Something he will be at pains to remind his players of in the build up to the trip to Chelsea tomorrow evening.