Outspoken footballer and radio host Joey Barton has slammed Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth, describing his as a ‘glorified PE teacher’.
The former Man City, Newcastle, QPR, Rangers and Burnley midfielder, who is a self confessed Everton fan, made his comments on radio station TalkSport.
Speaking after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Sunday, the 35-year-old said:
“He’s a glorified PE teacher who shouldn’t be in charge of a men’s team. Look at him on the touchline, he’s more like a steward.
“I watched him waddling on to the coach. How can you get players to exert themselves physically when you’re out of shape?
“I used to watch him as an Evertonian and he was the most immobile left back I’ve ever seen. He’s not a manager and doesn’t look like one.
“Unsworth makes Alan Brazil look like an athlete. I used to call him Chipper Unsworth because he used to chip it and lose it every time.
“I’m a firm believer that teams reflect their manager and Everton did today. They were sloppy.
“Everton need to sort their managerial situation out because it can’t be Unsworth.”
Unsworth dismissed Barton’s comments immediately afterwards:
“I’ve not seen that. It’s not a problem what Joey Barton says, I couldn’t care less.”
The defeat to Leicester was the second defeat in Unsworths caretaker spell in charge, following the midweek defeat to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.
Barton is currently serving a 13 month ban from football after being found guilty of a number of betting offences.