By Russell Stoddart
Former Everton defender David Unsworth has told his old club to follow Liverpool's 'Boot Room' philosophy and appoint Under-21 coach Alan Stubbs as David Moyes' successor.
Unsworth, who played over 300 games for the Toffees in two spells stretching over 12 years, believes Everton risk wasting Moyes' legacy if they decide to look outside the club for their next manager.
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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez and is among the early favourites, as exclusively revealed by Goal.com, along with Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and Celtic's Neil Lennon, but Unsworth insists the answer lies closer to home.
"People talk about the players being David Moyes' legacy to Everton, but just as important is the backroom staff he has assembled," Unsworth told Goal.com.
"David Weir, Duncan Ferguson, Kevin Sheedy and Alan Irvine have done a great job with the Academy and youth set-up, but it's Under-21 coach Alan Stubbs in particular who is able to bridge that gap with the first-team.
"Although I'm an Evertonian, I genuinely believe that the best way forward is to adopt the same philosophy as Liverpool's Boot Room in the 70s and 80s.
"When Bill Shankly retired, his coach Bob Paisley took over, and was later followed by Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish. They were all immersed in the 'Liverpool way' and it brought them tremendous success.
"Stubbsy is cut from the same cloth as Moyes and would be able to step in and carry on his great work.
"What we don't need is to return to the dark days of the early 90s when we changed managers every 18 months and struggled consistently to stay in the league.
"Stubbsy might come across as a quiet lad, but, believe me, he has an aura about him – a presence any time he walks in a room.
"He knows the club inside out, is one of the top young coaches in the country and, as a former player, he commands respect in any dressing room.
"It is time for him to make that step up and he is chomping at the bit to get his chance. He deserves it for the loyalty he has shown Everton. He has had offers to manage elsewhere but has turned them down.
"We don't know what David Moyes will be doing with his own backroom at United, but I wouldn't be surprised if he wants to take those he left behind at Everton, so now is the time to act.
"Of course it is a bit of a gamble for the chairman, but he took a gamble on bringing David Moyes to the club 11 years ago and it paid off."