By Saikat Mandal

24th Jan, 2023 | 12:40pm

Marcelo Bielsa fascinated by Everton job as intermediaries open talks

Marcelo Bielsa is “fascinated” at the prospect of taking over at Everton, according to 90min.

The Toffees sacked Frank Lampard on Monday (23 January) and Bielsa is emerging as the frontrunner. The Argentine has made it known he’d be keen on taking the role.

Bielsa has been out of work for almost 12 months, but he is keen to return to England once again after being out of work since being sacked by Leeds United.

Intermediaries have been quick to open talks with Everton about hiring the 67-year-old manager who thinks Everton, like Leeds, are one of the sleeping giants of English football.

Options

Bielsa did a terrific job at Leeds where they guided them to the Premier League after a long absence of 16 years. 

He is widely respected as a great manager, and the likes of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino consider him a genius. Bielsa is a charismatic personality who is very passionate about the game. He has got vast knowledge and a distinct footballing philosophy. 

The Argentine is comfortable working on a low budget, and he is not someone who is happy with short-term deals. 

He played an instrumental role in shaping the career of Kalvin Phillips, and he is always on the lookout to give chances to young players. 

But he is very stubborn at the same time, and usually needs time to imprint his philosophy in the side. Can he be a quick fix for the Toffees? 

The Toffees should keep other options open. Sean Dyche, Wayne Rooney, Duncan Ferguson, Nuno Espirito Santo and Marcelino are some of the other options for the Toffees, while West Brom manager Carlos Corberan [The Times] could be considered.