By Daniel Feliciano

25th Jan, 2023 | 5:10pm

Marcelo Bielsa is ready to accept an offer from Everton to become their new manager, but wants to wait until the summer to take over according to Marco Conterio.

The Toffees have made the Argentine their number one target to replace Frank Lampard, who was sacked on Monday after less than a year in charge at Goodison Park.

And according to TuttoMercatoWeb journalist Conterio, Bielsa is ready to accept the club’s offer to become their new manager but wants to take over in the summer whether they’re in the Premier League or the Championship.

“Non-stop contacts between Everton and Marcelo Bielsa after Frank Lampard’s sacking, further calls yesterday too,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account (25 January).

“Everton wants it immediately, ‘El Loco’ (regardless of the category) is ready to accept but would like to wait until June.”

Now

If Bielsa is going to come in at all, then it makes no sense for him to do it in the summer and we should be pushing to get it done as soon as possible.

It may make more sense for Bielsa if he joins in the summer, because he will have more time to build a squad in his own image and implement his style, but we would be crazy to throw away this season with half of it still to be played.

Bielsa doesn’t mind managing in the Championship, but Everton don’t want to be in the Championship so if he can come in mid-season and have even the smallest effect to help us survive that would be better for everyone including him.

It would give him the chance to look at the squad early on, knowing that he will still be there the following season no matter what and could lift some pressure at the club.

A deal seems to be getting closer, but we cannot fall into the trap of having him sign on for the summer when we have immediate issues that need addressing.