Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth, who stepped up from his role in charge of the club’s Under-23s, has spoken of the massive experience he has garnered since he took over albeit on a temporary basis.
He however warns the next manager at Goodison Park will need to be given “time”.
“I don’t think there’s a quick fix in football – we need our best players fit and we need proven recruitment in January,” added the former Everton defender.
“We need proven Premier League players who know this great league. We need courage and mental toughness – those who don’t have the bottle need to be honest and come forward.”
The 44-year-old is unsure if he will be in charge for Wednesday’s visit of West Ham.
The former Wigan player has won one of his seven games in charge in all competitions, form that has left the Toffees 16th in the Premier League.
“No coaching course can teach you what I’ve learnt in the last five weeks,” he added.
“It’s been intense. I’ve learnt so many things about myself and the staff but it’s been a great privilege and I’ll never shirk my responsibilities.
Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce is the leading contender for the Everton manager’s job.
The Premier League club’s search for a new boss has taken on fresh urgency after Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Southampton.
Unsworth told the media on Monday that the board were in “ongoing” talks with a “few” managers.
Asked about Allardyce, Unsworth said: “He’s a top manager but it would be wrong to talk about individuals. I’ve seen the names banded about, all of them are top managers.”
Allardyce, 63, was an early candidate to succeed Ronald Koeman, who was sacked on 23 October, but withdrew after Everton delayed making an offer.
The Toffees, whose pursuit of Watford manager Marco Silva has reached a stalemate, have lost five of their seven games since Koeman left.