Marcelo Bielsa 'flies into London for talks to become Everton boss' after relegation-threatened Toffees sacked Lampard | The Sun
MARCELO BIELSA has flown to London for talks with Everton over the vacant manager's job, reports claim.
The struggling Toffees sacked Frank Lampard on Monday.
He was relieved of his duties at around 2.30pm – but it took the Toffees almost six hours to confirm his exit.
Former Leeds boss Bielsa, 67, has been identified as a possible replacement for Lampard.
And Bielsa has jetted to London to meet with the Everton board, according to the Daily Mail.
There were initial fears he would reject the job due to concerns that the squad is lacking pace.
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The Mail claim Bielsa told Everton's board that the current crop of players are too slow to play his brand of football.
However, the Argentine manager has now flown into the capital to hold further talks with the club.
Owner Farhad Moshiri axed Lampard with the Toffees 19th in the Premier League table after just three wins in 20 games.
Pressure is mounting on Moshiri following furious protests against the board from the Everton faithful.
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But he will have to up his pay offer if he wants Bielsa to take over from Lampard.
Bielsa is understood to have told Everton that he wants at least as much as the £6million he was paid during his three-and-a-half years at Leeds.
Leeds sacked Bielsa 11 months ago, and he has been out of work ever since.
And Bielsa, who was caught up in a spygate row with Lampard four years ago, could now ironically replace him at Goodison Park.
In January 2019 the then Leeds boss sent a member of his staff to watch rivals Derby train.
The Rams were managed by a furious Lampard and Bielsa held his hands up over the spying storm.
Paul Tait and U21s manager Leighton Baines are taking Everton training until a new boss is appointed.
The Toffees host league leaders Arsenal in their next game on February 4th, before a short trip across Stanley Park for a Merseyside Derby against Liverpool nine days later.
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