Everton Under-23s coach David Unsworth is expected to become the next manager of Sky Bet League One club Oxford United with The Yellows having made an official approach for his services.

The 44-year-old former full-back has become United’s number one target for their managerial vacancy and the club have been given the green light to speak with him by The Toffees according to Sky Sports sources. 

Oxford United have been searching for a new boss for almost a fortnight after sacking former manager Pep Clotet following a poor run of results.

Potential new manager Unsworth has mainly been involved with player development since hanging up his boots and has coached at both Preston North End and current club Everton. Unsworth has also worked with the first teams at Deepdale and Goodison Park and has had two caretaker spells in charge of each club.

Unsworth’s latest first team duties have seen him take temporary charge of Everton for a five-week spell late last year following manager Ronald Koeman’s sacking. He overseen eight fixtures in league and cup but managed to record just two victories.

Morale should be high in the Oxford United squad ahead of the possible arrival of Unsworth, United were 3-2 winners over Charlton Athletic at The Valley on Saturday in a match which they scored twice late on to snatch the three points from the home side.

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