Unsworth issues Everton ultimatum after Southampton defeat

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David Unsworth has urged his team to maintain clean sheets collect points and climb up the table over the next week

Dusan Tadic had put Saints ahead only for David Unsworth's Everton, showing eight changes to the side humbled 5-1 by Atalanta in the Europa League, to level in spectacular style through Gylfi Sigurdsson. They control matches, their passing is consistent, and they are creating chances.

"The minimum requirement is 100 percent effort".

Only a superb stop from Pickford prevented Shane Long, on for Austin, adding a fourth before Davis obliged with an angled finish from the edge of the box.

Walsh arrived at Goodison Park in summer 2016 after his scouting helped Leicester City's surprise Premier League title win in the previous season.

"If you ask me that question this time next week I'll probably be able to give you a more honest view".

"Oriol is an important player but we've got enough in the squad to try and replace him", he said. He could be the last and most important piece for his Southampton side. "I want what's best for the club and I hope the players do too".

"Not just on the manager but on personnel as well".

"Because this group of players is under-performing and whether it's Ronald in charge, whether it's myself in charge it doesn't seem to be working so big decisions have to be made".

Austin wasn't done as he again finished with a header - this time from Tadic - to double the advantage.

However, somewhere along the line things have gone badly wrong. With Unsworth overseeing those matches, the subsequent lull offered time to identify and appoint a successor, but that window came and went without resolution, or even an update from the club.

As recently as a few months ago, the idea Everton would rue the loss of Niasse felt incomprehensible, never mind that he would also be top scorer at the time.

"I'd like to think every single player is hurting the way I am the moment and if they are not then they shouldn't be here at this great club", he added.

They remain just two points clear of the drop zone. Last week's draw against Crystal Palace showed the same problems as Everton were very lucky to come away with a point. "This is a wonderful job for any aspiring manager, any senior manager, any manager of any club in the world".

"You have to take responsibility for yourself".

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