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Frank Lampard sack looming as Everton plot incredible Prem hijack to appoint cult favourite

Everton manager Frank Lampard

Everton chiefs are ‘edgy’ and are considering hijacking an imminent appointment within the Premier League to replace Frank Lampard whose sacking has been discussed internally, per a report.

The Toffees embarked on a dismal run of form heading into the World Cup break. A six-match unbeaten streak stabilised their season following successive defeats to open the campaign. However, Everton have registered just one win in their last seven league clashes, losing five.

The latest came at the hands of Bournemouth who also dumped Everton out of the League Cup four days prior. Frank Lampard’s side were roundly defeat in both contests, losing each by three-goal margins.

That led to agitation from the travelling Everton fans on Sunday who voiced their displeasure at both the players and manager post-match.

Everton currently sit 17th in the table and their goals tally of 11 is the league’s joint-second lowest. Only bottom-placed Wolves have found the net on fewer occasions (eight).

With another scrap to avoid relegation seemingly on the horizon under Lampard, Football Insider report change could be afoot.

They claim Everton chiefs have become ‘edgy’ at their predicament and Lampard’s future has been discussed over the last 48 hours since the second bruising Bournemouth defeat.

Lampard’s job is described as ‘being on the line’, and the club’s decision-makers have sensationally discussed hijacking a seemingly imminent appointment elsewhere.

Marcelo Bielsa to replace Frank Lampard?

Former Leeds Utd favourite, Marcelo Bielsa, has recently held discussions over becoming the new Bournemouth boss.

The Cherries may have defeated Everton in back-to-back matches under interim manager Gary O’Neil, though that hasn’t stopped their board seeking a more experienced figure at the helm.

Both Sky Sports and Football Insider have reported Bielsa has spoken with the Cherries. The latter claimed talks were ‘advanced’ and an offer had been tabled to the Argentine.

However, the latest update claims Everton have discussed hijacking Bielsa’s move to Bournemouth as they ‘weigh up’ whether to sack Lampard.

Everton have shown a willingness to appoint big names during the Farhad Moshiri era.

They count Carlo Ancelotti, Ronald Koeman and Rafael Benitez among their former bosses in recent times and Bielsa would be another high profile name to add to that list.

The 67-year-old will forever be held in high regard in West Yorkshire for ending Leeds’ 16-year exile from the Premier League.

Bielsa led Leeds to a ninth-placed finish in the Whites’ first season back in the top flight, though found the going tougher at the second time of asking.

He was replaced by Jesse Marsch in February after a run of four successive defeats left them staring relegation in the face. The dismissal was unpopular among vast swathes of the Leeds fanbase, though Marsch did help steer them to safety.

Bielsa has remained out of work since leaving Leeds, though speculation is beginning to grow he’s on course for a return to the Premier League.

If Everton do pull the trigger on Lampard, Bielsa’s next stop could be Goodison Park.

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