I noted in the game thread that I'd like to see Unsworth be given the role until the end of this year. But I have more to say on this, because the problems we have we really can fix.
Pickford: He must be getting frustrated. I get the sense that he needs reinforcing support. He's still comparatively young, but we're treating him like a veteran. The last thing we need is for Pickford to just go through the motions while looking to jump to another team. Let's not overlook him. On the other hand, why aren't we playing Lossl in cup games?
Defence: Keane and Mina need time to forge a partnership, but the zonal approach to defence is a big mistake. These two have the right skills to do well; the problem right now is tactical. A strong and proven defensive coach would see this and address it quickly. I know Coleman had a great game recently (against City), but now is the time to alternate him with Sidibe, who has to be the longer-term option. Digne relies on confidence, of which he's getting a little short.
Midfield: This is our biggest problem by far. As I write so many times, games are won and lost in midfield. There's no strong leadership. There's no urgency. Too often, it's the easy backward pass or simple sideways pass. (I was once a strong chess player, and that's a good analogy: you can either make safe moves and lose or have a clear strategy and go for it.) The midfield should be our engine, but too often we're running on idle. Give Gomes and Davies a go: experience and energy. Davies will make mistakes, but he needs that chance. You can't improve without making mistakes and learning from them. And, if we're going to spend in coming windows, splurge on a really top-class midfield leader.
Up front: Why ever are we not playing two up front: DC-L and Kean? Anyone with eyes to see knows that DC-L creates loads of chances for a goal poacher, so why not play to that strength? The lad has kept going, and puts in his all, but he's being wasted right now. Add Iwobi behind them, with Bernard or Richarlison (who needs a real rocket under him right now) to add their trickery, and we really could be scoring a lot of goals. Kean is admittedly unproven for now, but give the lad a chance. Why buy him, play him in ever-changing configurations for a few minutes at a time, and then slam him for not scoring?
There's no role in this team for Schneiderlin. I just don't see it. There's no urgency. There's poor judgment. Good that he plays the occasional great pass, but one redeeming feature does not a starter make. His lackadaisical attitude (which may be an unfair judgment on a calm personality) can spread, and we need energy and urgency in midfield. Neither is there a role for Sigurdsson. He too has redeeming features, but they are not enough to justify a starter role right now. I've always struggled to see where exactly he fits in our team configuration, and I still don't see it. He's a bit of a square peg in a round hole.
A good manager will see the problems right away. I'd go so far as to say that, if we bring in an insightful and motivating manager, our results could turn around on a dime, as they say. Sorry Marco, but you do not pass Go - although you'd be collecting more than $200.