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Everton owner holds talks with Marcelo Bielsa over becoming manager

Marcelo Bielsa is among the candidates Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri has spoken to about succeeding Frank Lampard as manager.

Moshiri is believed to be in favor of appointing Bielsa but it is unclear if the Argentine has the support of others in Everton’s hierarchy.

Lampard was sacked by Everton on Monday after guiding the club to just one win in their last 14 games.

Everton’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham proved to be the final straw for Lampard, who had a winning record of just 27 per cent.

Bielsa has been out of work since February 2022. The 67-year-old was sacked by Leeds United when the Elland Road side were just two points above the relegation zone. Leeds went on to beat the drop under Jesse Marsch.

The former Athletic Bilbao head coach previously steered Leeds to a ninth-place finish in their first season back in the Premier League for 16 years.

He could inherit a side who are currently 19th in the Premier League with just three wins from their opening 20 games.


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Everton are not in action again for two weeks due to their elimination from the Carabao Cup and FA Cup. They host Premier League leaders Arsenal on February 4.

Moshiri said Lampard’s future was “not his decision” after Everton fell to a 2-0 defeat by fellow strugglers West Ham at the weekend.

Asked after the game whether Lampard’s time was up, Moshiri — who backed Lampard in a talkSPORT interview earlier this month — told Sky Sports: “It’s not my decision.”

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright admitted it was a “bad time” for the Goodison Park club, who are now without a win in 10 games in all competitions.

“It’s been a bad run of results for us all, and for Frank, but, no, I would never say that to you,” Kenwright said when asked the same question about Lampard’s position.

Asked if things had to change quickly, he added: “We’ve got to start winning, haven’t we? It’s a bad time.”



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