Next Everton manager: New favourite emerges as Bielsa demands put Everton on edge and Danny Murphy issues strong warning over Argentine

Marcelo Bielsa, former Leeds United manager, during the Premier League game v manchester United at Old Trafford Credit: Alamy
Marcelo Bielsa, former Leeds United manager, during the Premier League game v manchester United at Old Trafford Credit: Alamy

Everton’s chances of appointing Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager appear to be fading fast with a new favourite to succeed Frank Lampard materialising at Goodison Park.

The Toffees this week parted company with Lampard after just under a year in charge. Having sunk to the 19th in the Premier League, Everton are without a win in their previous 10 games. And the former Chelsea boss departs Goodison with a record of just 12 wins in 44 matches in charge.

Everton’s hunt for his replacement is already underway with reports claiming owner Farhad Moshiri is targeting Bielsa. The former Leeds boss has been out of work since departing Elland Road 11 months ago.

However, after holding initial talks with the Toffees, his potential appointment does leave Everton with plenty to ponder.

According to The Sun, Bielsa is demanding more than the £6m a year deal he commanded at Leeds to take charge of the Toffees.

However, their offer is reportedly believed to be for significantly less, leaving Moshiri debating whether to take the gamble.

Having analying the Toffees squad, Bielsa is thought to have expressed major doubts himself over the role. Indeed, his major concern seemingly centres around a lack of pace in their defence. To that end, reports claim he has issued Everton with a number of transfer demands.

While Conor Coady and James Tarkowski have proved solid additions, neither is blessed with exceptional pace. And Bielsa seemingly has fears that a lack of pace could cost them.

With all things considered, the Toffees are now reportedly ready to abandon the chase and switch to another candidate.

Sean Dyche the new favourite for Everton job

And the Daily Mirror claims that Sean Dyche is now emerging as the new favourite to take charge.

The former Burnley manager is reportedly a big admirer of the club and enthused by the challenge of securing their safety.

And while sometimes Dyche can sacrifice style over substance, it is points on the board that Everton need right now.

Indeed, the Mirror claims Dyche is likely to have the edge over another candidate in the frame, Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Austrian himself recently left Southampton and plays a brand of football perhaps more appeasing in the long term.

Whichever direction he turns, Moshiri reportedly wants Lampard’s successor installed by the end of the week. That will allow the new boss just a few days of the window to tweak his squad ahead of the run-in.

And the first issue the new incumbent will have to deal with is a pressing matter around Anthony Gordon. The young forward is seemingly keen to make the move to Newcastle following claims they have made an approach to sign him.

Deciding on whether to accept the offer on the 21-year-old will be the job on the new manager’s desk. But his sale would be pumped straight back into the squad for team strengthening were that to happen.

Danny Murphy warns Everton off Marcelo Bielsa

Assessing the prospects of Bielsa taking charge, Danny Murphy insists Everton need to give Bielsa a wide berth.

And he believes Bielsa’s style of play is not suited to the players Everton have – and would result in their certain relegation.

When asked by talkSPORT if the Merseysiders should appoint Bielsa, he said: “No. Not in a million years. I respect everything he did at Leeds from the moment he went in and the journey they went on.

“But what I saw at the end of his tenure at Leeds was a team in disarray and all over the place.

“And if he goes to Everton and tries to implement that style of football in a relegation fight, they’re down.

“They don’t have the personnel to play like that anyway – the man-to-man type of style and pressing all over the place. No.”

When pressed if Bielsa’s training methods could at least benefit Everton, Murphy stuck by his guns.

“You have to be careful with that,” he added. “It’s a bit of a myth that a manager can come in and become a tyrant overnight and the players get on board with it.

“Because what you can find quite quickly is they go the other way – especially if he’s only in on a temporary basis and he starts making them train two or three times a day.”

Murphy added: “It took time time to implement his system [at Leeds], it takes time. He hasn’t got time at Everton.

“If you’ve got a longer project, and you think, ‘You know what, it doesn’t matter what happens, if we go down, we trust you to get us back. We need you to get this place changed, you become the master, you build’.

“That’s not what they need. They need staying in the division.”

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