Former Huddersfield Town defender David Unsworth will join forces with Joe Royle to lead Everton’s bid for victory in their final match of the Premier League season at home to Norwich City on Sunday.

It follows the sacking of manager Roberto Martinez in the wake of Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.

Ex-England international Unsworth, 42, joined Town in August 2008 and made four appearances, the last of a 500-game career which also took in Everton, West Ham United, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Sheffield United, Wigan Athletic and Burnley.

He is now Everton’s Under 21 coach, while club legend Royle, a former title-winning striker and FA Cup-winning manager, works in the academy set-up.

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Frank de Boer is interested in becoming Everton boss and is the “right man for the job”, says the Dutchman’s brother.

But Ronald de Boer added: “It’s not up to him to make the move, that’s up to the club.”

Everton have also been linked with Southampton boss Ronald Koeman and Newcastle United’s former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

Ex-Wigan Athletic manager Martinez, 42, promised to deliver Champions League football when he replaced David Moyes in the summer of 2013.

He finished fifth in his first campaign in charge with 72 points.

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But Everton, 11th last season and currently 12th, have won just five league games at home this campaign and will end with their lowest points tally at Goodison since 1981.