David Unsworth says the Everton hotseat is one of the top managerial jobs in the world as the search starts for a new boss.
The Toffees Under-21 boss will take charge of the first team for their final Premier League match of the season against Norwich on Sunday following the sacking of Roberto Martinez.
Unsworth has already thrown his hat into the ring while the likes of Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, former Ajax manager Frank De Boer and departing Manchester City chief Manuel Pellegrini have all been linked with the post.
Martinez paid the price for failing to get the best out of a very talented squad.
The players at the new manager’s disposal, coupled with funds injected by new investor Farhad Moshiri, should ensure there is no shortage of top-class candidates for the post.
Asked what qualities an Everton manager needed, Unsworth said: “You need to be a winner. You need to blend top international players with top Under-21 players. It’s not rocket science.
“You need to come in, you need to hit the ground running, you need to have a relationship with the fans, you need to build a team and a squad that’s going to win and then when you’re winning, you keep winning.
“It’s one of the top jobs in the world, and that’s not me with my biased Everton blue hat on, it is one of the top managerial jobs, especially now with our new investor.
“With the relationship the new manager will have with our chairman, with the passionate fans we have, it’s a top job for whoever gets it.”
Unsworth played more than 300 games for Everton in two spells and returned to the club in 2013 to work with the Under-21s, later being promoted to manage the side.