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Next Everton manager: Bielsa tables make or break demand involving multiple transfers, as talks open with unpopular back-up option

Former Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa pictured during Premier League match

Marcelo Bielsa has run the rule over the current Everton squad and called for multiple additions to avoid his potential spell being a disaster, while talks with an unpopular former Toffees boss have opened as the club hedge their bets, per reports.

Everton confirmed Frank Lampard had been relieved of his duties on Monday night. The Englishman paid the price for a dreadful run of form that saw Everton win just once in their last 14 matches across all competitions.

Majority owner Farhad Moshiri is understood to favour former Leeds Utd favourite, Marcelo Bielsa as Lampard’s successor.

Moshiri has been in dialogue with the Argentine and the Daily Mail have provided a fresh update on the chances of luring him to Goodison Park.

They report Bielsa has run the rule over the current Toffees squad and determined they lack pace, particularly in defensive areas.

Without quick players who can effectively close down their opposite number and therefore make Bielsa’s man-to-man system a success, the 67-year-old fears his tenure on Merseyside would be doomed to fail.

As such, Bielsa has reportedly told Everton to prioritise signing pacey players in the final week of the window.

One player who’d fit that bill is loan target Arnaut Danjuma, though he’s a forward, not a defender.

Bielsa is described as being ‘interested’ in taking the Everton role. However, if ‘guarantees’ aren’t made over signing several players who’d fit his all-action style, it’s claimed there’s a very real chance he’ll walk away from the talks.

The Athletic previously claimed it was ‘unclear’ whether other senior decision-makers at Everton were aligned with Moshiri’s desire to appoint Bielsa.

Back-up talks open with Sam Allardyce

A steadier pair of hands in the form of Sean Dyche has been touted by other outlets. However, a second update from the Mail has touted the prospect of re-appointing Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce managed Everton between 2017-18 and was widely viewed as an unpopular choice both at the time of his appointment and during his tenure.

Nevertheless, his experience in dealing with relegation scraps is appealing to ‘key figures within the Everton hierarchy’.

As such, preliminary talks between Everton and Allardyce have begun, though it’s maintained Bielsa is the main priority for the time being.

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