Unsworth shrugs off Barton’s jibe over weight

Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth
Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth

Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth refused to enter a war of words with Joey Barton after the former England midfielder’s criticism over his weight.

Ex-Burnley man Barton hit out at Unsworth following Everton’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester on Sunday, which kept them in the Premier League relegation zone.

Former Preston North End coach and caretaker manager Unsworth is in charge after Ronald Koeman was sacked earlier this month and came under fire from Everton fan Barton.

Barton said: “I saw him getting on to the coach as Everton manager the other day, he doesn’t look right.

“He’s waddling on to the coach.

“I was reading a British Army service manual the other day and one of the things it says is, ‘You’ve got to be fit to lead your troops into battle’.

“Now I’m not saying you can’t manage Everton if you’re overweight but it certainly doesn’t look right.

“He’s standing in his suit on the touchline, he 
doesn’t look like a manager for me.”

But 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,” said Unsworth.

Defeat left Everton third bottom with two wins 
from 10 games.

But Unsworth is hopeful Michael Keane will return to face Watford at the weekend after being hospitalised following an infection in his leg.