By Jonty Banks

24th Jan, 2023 | 7:40am

Farhad Moshiri holds talks with Marcelo Bielsa as Everton board news drops

Farhad Moshiri has held talks with Marcelo Bielsa over the vacant Everton managerial role, but it is unclear whether the club’s board support the decision, according to David Ornstein.

Toffees boss Frank Lampard was given his marching orders on Monday (23 January) after a run of just three wins in 20 games in the Premier League which had seen them slip to joint bottom with Southampton in the table.

Pivotal losses to Wolves, Southampton, as well as a 2-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday (21 January) all but sealed the Englishman’s fate at Goodison Park.

The Athletic report states that Moshiri has approached ex-Leeds United manager Bielsa as a potential successor to Lampard, and the pair have held talks about the job.

Ornstein wrote: “Marcelo Bielsa is among the candidates Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri has spoken to about succeeding Frank Lampard as manager.

“Moshiri is believed to be in favour of appointing Bielsa but it is unclear if the Argentine has the support of others in Everton’s hierarchy.”

Good fit?

Although Bielsa has been out of the managerial game since he was sacked as Leeds manager almost 12 months ago, he has the personality and leadership to help Everton out of its current rut.

The current team doesn’t possess the natural characteristics Bielsa calls on of attacking mentality, high energy, and an aggressive press, but this is always something he could try to address once in the dugout.

If the Toffees are going to go down this season, why not make it an entertaining ride?

The only issue for any manager coming into the job is that just over a week of the transfer window remains, and if they wish to get any of their own personnel into the club, it will have to be done quickly.

The Argentine will want another chance to prove himself in the English Premier League and would surely become an instant fan favourite if hired. He seems to tick all the boxes, and Everton should strike while the iron is hot and get Bielsa in as manager.