Cape Town - Former England international Joey Barton has labelled Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth as "too fat" to manage the Blues calling him "a glorified PE teacher".
Barton hit out at Unsworth after Everton suffered a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City in an English Premiership clash which firmly keeps them languishing in the relegation zone.
"I saw him getting onto the coach as Everton manager the other day, he doesn't look right", Barton told TalkSPORT.
"He's waddling onto the coach. I was reading a British Army service manual the other day and one of the things it says is 'you've got to be fit to lead your troops into battle'. Now I'm not saying you can't manage Everton if you're overweight but it certainly doesn't look right.
"He's standing in his suit on the touchline, he doesn't look like a manager for me. He's a glorified PE teacher who shouldn't be in charge of a men's team. Look at him on the touchline... he's more like a steward."
Unsworth refused to be drawn into a war of words and later dismissed Barton's claims in a post-match interview after the defeat to the Foxes.
"I've not seen that. It's not a problem what Joey Barton says, I couldn't care less," he said.
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