David Unsworth, the Everton caretaker manager, has said that he would like to be the permanent replacement for Ronald Koeman.

Koeman was fired earlier in the week after the team were defeated 2-5 at home by Arsenal and they fell into the Premier League’s bottom three.

Unsworth, who is in charge of the under 23s team, was placed in charge of the senior side on a temporary basis and will be in charge of their match against Chelsea tonight.

During a press conference this week Unsworth said, “I’ll repeat myself from the last time I sat here 18 months ago, who wouldn’t want this job? The chairman has given me an opportunity to hopefully get a run of games where hopefully performance levels go up. From that, performances will dictate any future for me as Everton manager. I want to manage and this is an amazing club to be manager of.”

Unsworth, who used to play for Everton, was temporarily in charge of the team when Roberto Martinez was fired in May of last year.

He has praised the players for their positive attitudes and said that they are “buzzing” ahead of tonight’s game. He said that he has “a good idea of the team and how I want to play and the way the Everton fans will respond to the way we want to play.”

There have been reports that club chairman Bill Kenwright and a number of the players want Unsworth to take the job on a permanent basis.

The manager added, “I’ll just do my best on the training ground every day and in the games with the staff I’ve got and the players we’ve got and hopefully we can win a few football games.”