David Unsworth says he is “very proud” to take charge of a “wonderful football club” and is vowing to “give everything I have got” to put Everton back on a winning track.
Former Toffees defender Unsworth was placed in temporary charge of the first team on Tuesday and admitted he had no hesitation in accepting the call for a second time.
The 44-year-old, part of Everton’s 1995 FA Cup winning team, will now be in the dugout for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie at Chelsea.
Unsworth won the Premier League 2 title in his post as Under-23s boss last season and managed the first team to a 3-0 victory over Norwich on the final day of the 2015/16 campaign.
“I am a very proud man, sat here ready to lead Everton out,” said Unsworth. “It does not matter for how many games, I will stand there a proud man and give it everything I have got.
“It was a very easy decision to make. If you are an Evertonian it makes you very proud.
“I spent the afternoon with the Chairman yesterday. We spoke everything Everton, from individual players to plans for the short and long term.
“I am a very proud man to be asked by the Board and owner to take the team."
Unsworth assumes control of a side that has won two of its opening nine Premier League matches, but which is only seven points adrift of the top six and goes to Chelsea trying to book a spot in the League Cup quarter-finals.
Everton have hit the net seven times in this season’s top-flight and Unsworth insists his players must accept collective responsibility for rediscovering their cutting edge in front of goal.
“My first impressions of the squad – there are some different players here from when I last took over – were very good,” said Unsworth, who oversaw his first training session on Tuesday morning.
“The team have got to chip in with the goals. We have to play in a way that means we create more opportunities – to give the strikers the opportunities to score.
“The way I want to play, I want us to create more opportunities. It is not just the strikers' responsibility. It is everybody’s, it is the team’s responsibility to get the goals.
“What we have to do is get back to winning ways. Whatever team we put out has to come together as a team and start winning some games.”
Unsworth worked closely with Academy graduate pair Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny in his position with the Under-23s and has helped a further raft of players progress from the youth set-up into Everton’s first team.
And he is promising to continue adhering to the values that have served him so well in his job with the Blues’ youngsters.
Unsworth also believes his own experiences of playing 350 matches for Everton across two spells with the Club gives him a head-start in understanding what is expected from a Toffees team.
"I have a set of values, a way of playing that I want to take into the first-team environment," said Unsworth. "I will keep those between myself and the players because I think that is the right thing to do.
"I will not change what I believe in. I believe the game should be played a certain way – and I know and believe Evertonians want it played in a certain way.
"I have been there and done it and I need to use that experience I had as a player here.
"An Evertonian expects to see their team play a certain way and I will pass all that experience on to the players in the right way.
"I can only be what I am. I will certainly take what I do with the Under-23s into the first-team environment. I do not want to be anything I am not. I will not change my values and what I believe is right when I am setting up a team.
"I certainly enjoyed working with the players this morning. They were very receptive to what we were doing. The quality was there and the atmosphere we want was there.
"We need to win games. Farhad (Moshiri, major shareholder), the Chairman and the Board want a winning manager. I certainly want to help the players get to the position where they start winning games."