Frank Lampard sacked by Everton, Marcelo Bielsa under consideration as replacement with club 19th in Premier League

Frank Lampard sacked by Everton, Marcelo Bielsa under consideration as replacement with club 19th in Premier League

Everton have made former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa their first choice to become the club's next manager after sacking Frank Lampard on Monday.

Bielsa, who has been out of work since he left Leeds in February last year, has already held talks with the club's hierarchy about taking over and has indicated his willingness to take on the job. The Toffees' next game is not until February 4, when Arsenal visit Goodison Park.

The Argentine was in talks to succeed Scott Parker as Bournemouth manager before the World Cup, but the role was ultimately given to caretaker boss Gary O'Neil instead.

The Toffees' approach to Bielsa follows their dismissal of Lampard on Monday afternoon, on the back of a 2-0 defeat by West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday - their third consecutive loss in the league.

Bielsa guided Leeds back to the Premier League in 2020 after a 16-year absence and led them to a ninth-placed finish in their first season in the top division before he left the club midway through the 2021/22 season with the club just outside the relegation zone.

The 67-year-old has been cited by colleagues, including Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, as one of the world's best coaches, and has been credited with the success of a number of Leeds players, including Patrick Bamford and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Bielsa and his backroom staff will likely cost Everton up to £1m a month as the Argentine requests a large fee which he then distributes throughout his coaching team, who come as a non-negotiable part of the package.

Former Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is also seriously being considered for the job should a deal for Biesla prove too difficult. The Austrian's Premier League experience is a factor in Everton's thinking as they search for Lampard's successor.

Sean Dyche, the ex-Burnley boss, has also been discussed and Everton are big admirers of Brentford's Thomas Frank but are unsure if he can be convinced to join them.

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