Unsworth hoping for permanent go in Everton hot seat

Chelsea's German defender Antonio Rudiger falls on his back after looping a header past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during their League Cup fourth-round match. Rudiger's goal set Chelsea on course for an eventual 2-1 victory.
Chelsea's German defender Antonio Rudiger falls on his back after looping a header past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during their League Cup fourth-round match. Rudiger's goal set Chelsea on course for an eventual 2-1 victory.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LONDON • Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth will meet the club's owner Farhad Moshiri today on the back of inspiring a good performance, despite the Toffees falling 1-2 to Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old has indicated his desire to succeed Ronald Koeman and was heartened by the effort he got from his side in the fourth round - their first game since the Dutchman's sacking after Sunday's 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal in the Premier League.

"I'm scheduled to meet (Farhad Moshiri) on Friday afternoon with the chairman (Bill Kenwright)," he said. "What will be, will be. All I know is that we'll hopefully be as committed as that, every game I'm in charge.

"We started with a great performance. We've got to go on a winning streak and very, very quickly, hopefully at Leicester (in the Premier League) on Sunday."

Everton slipped into the relegation zone with the loss to Arsenal, keeping just one clean sheet in their last 14 games in all competitions.

Unsworth gave a chance to players who had been out of favour this season, including wingers Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas and midfielder James McCarthy.

Midfielder Beni Baningime, 19, was given a debut and impressed with his tough tackling.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was also impressed by the performances of his young players and says he will use the Cup competitions to aid their development.

The Italian rotated his team after last Sunday's 4-2 win over Watford in the Premier League and rested several key players. He handed starts to 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu along with Brazilian Kenedy and Charly Musonda. Ampadu made his first start, Kenedy played the full game while Musonda was substituted in the 70th minute as Chelsea held on despite a late goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

"I am very happy - tonight I saw a lot of positive things - the young players' performance. Charly Musonda, Kenedy, Ampadu - he is only 17 years old - they all played a very good game," Conte said.

"It is important to trust in these players and I am happy because I had a good answer, the answer I was waiting for. I think that in this type of games the young players are improving. To see Ampadu tonight is important because we know we have many young players we can improve and give them opportunities."

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