By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

27th Jan, 2023 | 8:10am

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

Kevin Campbell believes Sean Dyche can bring “what Everton need” to the job but is unsure if Marcelo Bielsa is the right man after Leeds got found out in the Premier League.

The two out-of-work managers have emerged as the leading candidates to take over after the sacking of Frank Lampard, with the Argentine flying in from Brazil on Thursday (26 January) for formal talks despite reservations that the Toffees squad was too slow, and following talks with both Dyche’s eagerness has pushed him back into the running after an initial reluctance at the club [Telegraph, 26 January].

Former Everton captain Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, believes Bielsa’s style was worked out in the top flight by the second season while Dyche’s organisation is important for the relegation battle.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “Bielsa has done a great job at Leeds. His second Premier League season, which only lasted half a season, didn’t end well.

“Because teams had worked them out, and that happens at the top level. In the Championship you get away with it. He eventually got them up, which was brilliant for Leeds.

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“But it doesn’t matter how quick you are, in the Premier League you get found out. Because there’s good players there.

“I’m not too sure if Bielsa’s the answer or not. They’ll play attacking football but I don’t know if he’s the right man for the job.

“I think Sean Dyche, on a limited budget at Burnley did a fantastic job there.

“He plays a style that I think Evertonians will appreciate, up and at ’em, plays two strikers which helps because Calvert-Lewin up there on his own is lost.

“He needs help. He hasn’t played enough football to be able to lead the line on his own.

“[Dyche] mostly plays 4-4-2 which the fans could get behind, they’re organised, that to me seems like what Everton need.

“All managers are capable if they’ve got the right players, but all of these [Everton] managers have proven that they can’t get a full tune out of this team so I think organisation is going to be the important part.”

Appointing the 67-year-old Bielsa in the middle of the season with your club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League feels like it could either see a stunning turnaround or the Toffees not win another game through May.

Everybody knows what Dyche brings, and while it may not be especially glamorous it took nearly a decade to run out of steam at Turf Moor.

He has been linked to every job below the top six since he was removed during the relegation battle last season, and it feels like this is one that he really wants, although there are sure to be some nagging doubts arising from the two favourites to save Everton from the drop are both men who were sacked last season when they were deemed unable to do just that.