By Saikat Mandal

24th Jan, 2023 | 11:10am

Marcelo Bielsa update emerges as Everton look to appoint next manager

Everton have held conversations with people close to Marcelo Bielsa, but they are not in an advanced position to appoint him as their next manager, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Toffees sacked Frank Lampard on Monday (23 January) after a poor run of results, and they are “in the process to decide internally” about appointing the former Leeds manager as their next boss.

The Guardian journalist has shared on CaughtOffside (24 January) that the deal for the Argentine is not close to being completed at the moment.

“Everton had conversations with people close to Marcelo Bielsa but it’s not something advanced yet, or close to being completed. They are still in the process to decide internally, it’s not an imminent decision yet,” wrote Romano for Caughtoffside.

Options open

Bielsa is a charismatic manager and he would be a great appointment for the club. The Toffees finally decided to get rid of Lampard, although it was a tough decision. 

Lampard genuinely cared for the club, and he was very committed to the project. But the results have been dreadful in recent months, with Everton failing to win in their last 10 games in all competitions. 

It didn’t seem like Lampard can turn it around, and the squad looked bereft of confidence.

It doesn’t look good to change managers frequently, especially when the club is riddled with other major issues. 

Having said that, it’s time for the Toffees to move ahead. Bielsa did a phenomenal job at Leeds taking them to the Premier League, and he is adored by the fans. But he is someone who needs time to implement his philosophy. At the moment, the Toffees need a quick-fix solution. 

The club should keep their options open, and speak to several managers before coming to a decision. The next few days are going to be crucial.