By Pranav Shahaney

25th Jan, 2023 | 8:10am

Former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa gives Everton final reply after talks to succeed Frank Lampard

Former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly turned down the Everton job after negotiations with the club.

According to TYC Sports journalist Cesar Luis Merlo, the Argentine was interested in the job and even considered it but in the end, he realised it was best to turn them down.

It was widely reported that he was one of Farhad Moshiri’s top options to succeed Frank Lampard at the helm.

Via Twitter, Merlo wrote, “Marcelo Bielsa rejected the offer to take over as Everton’s new manager, replacing Frank Lampard. El Loco negotiated, showed interest, but ended up considering that it was best to give up.”

Not surprising

Seeing Bielsa rejecting Everton after negotiating with Farhad Moshiri comes as no surprise to any of us.

The Argentine is meticulous with everything he does and even analysed the squad completely before he spoke about the vacancy.

However, Everton are not a well run club and it can be argued that they are the worst in the Premier League, which is not something that would’ve impressed Bielsa.

As he’s a demanding manager, he would’ve also asked for certain assurances regarding the salaries, coaches allowed as well as the transfer budget.

He’s won awards for his excellence in the past, including the FIFA Fair Play Award in 2019, and it would’ve been nice to see someone like him at Goodison Park.

However, it’s now back to the drawing board for Moshiri and he needs to make a decision soon as time is running out in the transfer window.