Everton owner Marcelo Bielsa talked about becoming a coach

Everton chairman Farad Moshiri has named Marcelo Bielsa as one of the candidates to replace Frank Lampard as manager.

Moshiri is believed to be in favor of Bielsa’s appointment, but it is unclear whether the Argentinian has the support of others in the Everton 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 has a record win rate of just 27 per cent.

Bielsa has been out of a job 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 continue to beat the drop under Jesse Marsh.

The former Athletic Bilbao boss previously guided Leeds to a ninth-placed finish in their first season back in the Premier League for 16 years.

They have won 3 of their opening 20 games and can inherit a team that is 19th in the Premier League.

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Everton have been out of action for two weeks after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup. They host Premier League leaders Arsenal on February 4.

Moshiri said Lampard’s future was “not up to him” after Everton’s 2-0 defeat at 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 – said: “It’s not my decision.”

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright admits it has been a “bad time” for the Goodison Park club, now without a win in 10 games in all competitions.

Asked the same question about Lampard’s position, Kenwright said: “It’s been a bad run of results for all of us and Frank, but no, I’m not going to tell you that at all.”

When asked if things need to change quickly, he replied: “We have to start winning, right? It’s a bad time.”

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