By Anthony Onifade

7th Feb, 2023 | 7:40pm

Ian Wright shares verdict on Everton's Sean Dyche appointment and links to Marcelo Bielsa

Ian Wright believes Everton links to Marcelo Bielsa were “very strange” and that Sean Dyche is the “perfect” man for the Toffees job.

The former Leeds United boss emerged as a top choice for owner Farhad Moshiri to replace Frank Lampard following his sacking on Monday [23 January] because of the club’s dreadful run of defeats in the Premier League.

However, the Argentinian quickly told [Daily Mail, 25 January] the Toffees he doesn’t want the vacant managerial position, after flying into London for talks [BBC Sport, 26 January] with Moshiri and the club board

The Blues were then left with Dyche as their only real target, and appointed him as manager [30 January] last week before the transfer deadline day.

And Wright, speaking on The Kelly & Wrighty Show [6 February, 35m:05s] expressed his disbelief at the Bielsa links. He said: “I found the Bielsa link very, very strange with Everton in the situation they’re in.

“As soon as it became available, the job, I thought they’re going to go for Sean Dyche because he’s literally perfect for the job. I can’t understand how they can look at Bielsa with the way it went for him at Leeds with how they played and how they trained, how it burnt out, they don’t need that now.

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“They need stability and a manager who looks you in the eye and tells you exactly what’s going to happen.”

Strange indeed

Wright is correct, the links to Bielsa were very strange indeed.

The Argentinian is not known to take jobs in the middle of the season, and his managerial style could well have led to an unfortunate disaster considering that’s not what the club needed at this point in time.

It is clear the club needed a fire-fighter style manager at the helm, someone with the character, and spirit to galvanise a depleted squad and one with relevant experience to get them out of trouble and Dyche represented the perfect and ideal candidate for the role.

The 51-year-old seemed ready to return to management after his Burnley sacking back in April, and his relevant experience of leading the Clarets to lofty positions in the Premier League consistently and on a small budget means he may well transform the Toffees’ fortunes in the coming weeks despite the lack of backing in the transfer market.

The win over Arsenal at the weekend was the perfect reminder of what fans should expect from Dyche and his team, and it’s certainly a step in the right direction, after what’s been a torrid campaign for the club.