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Everton looking to seal Bielsa appointment

Everton are looking to conclude the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as quickly as possible following their conversation about the vacancy.

What’s the latest?

The Toffees suffered yet another defeat on the weekend which was the second in a row to one of their relegation rivals in the Premer League.

And it proved to be the final nail in Frank Lampard’s coffin at Goodison Park with the 44-year-old relieved of his duties on Monday afternoon.

There have since been reports suggesting the former Leeds United manager, Bielsa, could be the man next in line for the job on Merseyside.

And speaking on Sky Sports News, reporter Vinny O’Connor has claimed it is an appointment the Everton board are looking to complete quickly:

“Marcelo Bielsa is the frontrunner and it’s plain and simple why that is the case, because he is Farhad Moshiri’s first choice.

“From the conversations that they’ve had, I think there’s a feeling that they would like to get this done as quickly as possible because Bielsa, ultimately, would like to come in here and take the players away for warm-weather training.”

Next in line

Bielsa was sacked by the Yorkshire side less than a year ago following his own difficulties at the helm of a struggling Leeds side who were facing a serious relegation battle.

The season prior, the Argentine had guided Leeds to a stunning first season back in the Premier League which saw the Whites finish in ninth spot of the table.

However, there will surely be some concern among Everton fans as to what difference Bielsa may be able to implement at Goodison Park given his recent struggles with Leeds.

Would Bielsa be a good Lampard replacement?

Yes

No

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When Bielsa was sacked back in February, the Whites found themselves on a run of four straight defeats where they had conceded 17 goals.

Bielsa certainly worked his magic at Leeds before the 2021/22 campaign, however, this has to concern some fans on Merseyside of what could be to come if he is appointed.

The Argentine has become well-known for his hard-working sides, but without a pre-season to build the fitness of the Everton players, there may be a worry that he would not be able to implement his philosophy at this stage of the season.

Everton currently sit second-bottom only on goal difference with 15 points from their opening 20 league games.

However, when Bielsa was sacked from Leeds last season, he had only managed to earn 23 points from 26 games meaning his points-per-game ratio was only marginally better than what Lampard had recorded this season.



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