Bielsa tells Everton they're TOO SLOW and must buy pacey players

Marcelo Bielsa tells Everton they’re TOO SLOW and must sign new pacey players this month – especially in defence – if he is to replace Frank Lampard and implement his high-energy playing style

  • Marcelo Bielsa has held talks with Everton about succeeding Frank Lampard
  • However, the former Leeds boss insists the Toffees need to sign fast defenders
  • Everton fear Bielsa will turn them down and are considering Sam Allardyce

Marcelo Bielsa has told Everton that the team is too slow to play the way he wants and they must prioritise pace before the transfer window closes, if he is to replace Frank Lampard as manager.

The Argentine has already spoken to the club and we understand he has provided a break-down of the squad. His chief concern is said to be a lack of pace, especially in defensive areas.

Bielsa has let it be known he is interested in taking the job but has reservations over the current squad being able to implement the high energy style of play that is his trademark.

Marcelo Bielsa has told Everton that the team is too slow to play the way he wants 

Bielsa’s chief concern is said to be a lack of pace in the squad, especially in defensive areas

Conor Coady (right) and James Tarkowski are both regulars for Everton in their backline

If guarantees are not given over a plan to address his concerns, sources say there is a chance Bielsa will walk away from talks.

The 67-year-old, as he proved at Leeds, does not shift from his footballing philosophy and would be unlikely to take a role where he feels those beliefs would be compromised.

It remains to be seen whether the Merseyside club try to persuade Bielsa or move onto other targets.

Key figures within the Everton hierarchy remain admirers of their previous manager Sam Allardyce, who has held initial talks with the club over replacing Lampard.

Toffees majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri (left) has already held talks with the 67-year-old

The former Leeds United boss has significant doubts about taking the Goodison Park hotseat

There is a feeling at Goodison that Allardyce’s experience in guiding relegation threatened teams to safety offers the club with a strong chance of avoiding the drop.

Sean Dyche is out of work, but there is a reluctance from the Everton board to move for the ex-Burnley boss.

Allardyce spent just six months with Everton in 2017-2018 after being appointed by Farhad Moshiri to replace Ronald Koeman – with the club in danger of being relegated – and ended up guiding the Toffees to an eighth place finish.

But despite being handed an 18-month contract, he was sacked at the end of the season, with fans not won over by his defensive style of play. Since leaving Everton Allardyce had a brief stint in charge of West Brom in 2020-21, but has not managed a team since.

Everton will need another manager who can help them reach safety after finding themselves 19th in the table after picking up 15 points from 20 games – with just three wins, the lowest of any side. 

Everton have held talks with former boss Sam Allardyce, who is a back-up option to take over

The club confirmed the sacking of Lampard on Monday evening after Sportsmail broke the story earlier in the day.

Odds to be named the next Everton manager 

Sean Dyche – 3/2 

Marcelo Bielsa – 3/1 

David Moyes – 4/1 

Wayne Rooney – 6/1 

Nuno Espirito Santo – 8/1

Duncan Ferguson – 12/1 

Sam Allardyce – 14/1 

‘Everton Football Club can confirm that Frank Lampard has left his post as Senior Men’s First Team Manager today,’ they said in a statement.

‘Joe Edwards, Paul Clement, Ashley Cole and Chris Jones have also left the Club. Alan Kelly will remain as goalkeeping coach.

‘Everyone at Everton would like to thank Frank and his coaching staff for their service during what has been a challenging 12 months.

‘Frank and his team’s commitment and dedication have been exemplary throughout their time at the Club, but recent results and the current league position meant this difficult decision had to be taken. We wish Frank and all his backroom team well for their future in the game.

‘The Club has started the process to secure a new manager and will provide updates on the appointment in due course.

‘Paul Tait and Leighton Baines will take training until a new manager is appointed.’

The former Chelsea and Derby boss was told his 357-day spell in charge had come to an end during a phone call with Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder. 

Lampard had been in discussions with Moshiri, Chairman Bill Kenwright and Kevin Thelwell, Everton’s Director of Football, on Sunday after a 2-0 defeat at West Ham – Everton’s 11th loss in their last 14 games in all competitions.

Lampard was dismissed on Monday after a dreadful run of form plunged Everton into danger

Lampard leaves Goodison Park having won just 12 of his 44 games in charge of the club


All competitions 

Played: 44

Won: 12

Drawn: 8

Lost: 24

For: 43

Against: 71

Win percentage: 27.3 

He was aware the appetite for managerial change had grown but had been left uncertain about what direction the club might take, as some conversations he had with Moshiri centred on his views on recruitment.

The 44-year-old had 18 months left on the contract he signed on January 31 last year.

It has been a hugely challenging time for Lampard, who had grown to have a huge affinity for the club, was enjoying living in the North West and was desperate to bring success to a set of fans who had never given him anything other than public support. 

Lampard has also had to deal with disciplinary issues within his squad and last week was forced to send Abdoulaye Doucoure to train on his own following an exchange after the 2-1 defeat by Southampton on January 14.

His time at the club came amid massive unrest from supporters, with players such as Yerry Mina and Anthony Gordon also confronted by angry supporters after the defeat by Southampton earlier this month.

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