“Proud” Under-23s coach David Unsworth praised his players and staff and hailed their title success as further proof that Everton is the perfect place to develop young talent.
The young Blues were crowned Premier League 2 champions on Monday night after Manchester City lost 3-2 to Liverpool, meaning Unsworth’s side cannot be caught at the top of the table with one match left to play.
It has been a memorable campaign for Everton Under-23s who have set the pace for the majority of the season, all while young players like Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have been playing for the first team.
Unsworth believes that shows further evidence of the Club leading the way in being able to develop talent – as he praised his team for a job well done.
“I’m thrilled for the young players, they absolutely deserve it,” the former Blues defender told evertonfc.com.
“We’ve been chased for a good part of the season. Fair play to Manchester City, they are a quality team but then so are we.
“The character of our group of players was never in doubt. They hate getting beat, our staff hate it, too, and I’m thrilled for everyone, especially the lads.
“It goes to show that this Club is the ideal place to be if you are a young player who wants to develop and progress.
“Leicester winning the Premier League last season proved anything is possible and our team has been hungry for success, hungry to win. All credit to the players are staff. I’m so, so delighted for them.”
As a proud Evertonian who played more than 300 games for the Club – including the victorious FA Cup final in 1995 – Unsworth has plenty of Goodison memories.
But he insists the Under-23s title success is “right up there” with his list of achievements, and sees it as part of an exciting time for the Club.
“It means everything,” added Unsworth. “We put in hours and hours of work and were desperate to succeed. My assistant John Ebbrell has been brilliant and I’m very proud of my staff.
“It continues the feelgood factor at the Club. We’ve got an ambitious owner, a board aiming to get us to the top, hopefully a new stadium, and a manager who is doing a fantastic job and is not afraid to give youth a chance.”