Everton owner in talks with Marcelo Bielsa to become manager

Marcelo Bielsa is among the candidates Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri has spoken to about Frank Lampard’s succession as manager.

Moshiri is believed to be in favor of Bielsa’s appointment but it’s unclear if the Argentine has the backing of others in the Everton hierarchy.

Lampard was sacked by Everton on Monday after guiding the club to just one victory in their last 14 games.

Everton’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham proved to be the final straw for Lampard, who had a winning record of just 27%.

Bielsa has been unemployed since February 2022. The 67-year-old was sacked by Leeds United as the Elland Road side were just two points above the relegation zone. Leeds then beat the drop under Jesse Marsch.

The former Athletic Bilbao head coach previously steered Leeds to a ninth-place finish in their first Premier League season for 16 years.

He could inherit a side that are currently 19th in the Premier League with just three wins from their first 20 games.

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Everton will be out of action for two weeks due to their elimination from the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup. They host Premier League leaders Arsenal on February 4.

Moshiri said Lampard’s future was “not his decision” after Everton fell to a 2-0 loss to fellow countrymen West Ham at the weekend.

Asked after the game if Lampard’s time was up, Moshiri – who backed Lampard in a talkSPORT interview earlier this month – told Sky Sports: “It’s not my decision.”

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright admitted it was a “bad time” for the Goodison Park club, who are now winless in 10 games in all competitions.

“It’s been a bad run of results for all of us, and for Frank, but no, I would never tell you that,” Kenwright said when asked the same question about Lampard’s position.

When asked if things should change soon, he added: “We have to start winning, right? It’s a bad time.

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