Everton fear No 1 choice Marcelo Bielsa will TURN DOWN their approach to replace Frank Lampard

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BREAKING NEWS: Everton fear No 1 choice Marcelo Bielsa will TURN DOWN their approach to replace Frank Lampard as manager… and have held talks with Sam Allardyce about returning to Goodison

Marcelo Bielsa has significant doubts over replacing Frank Lampard did Everton.

Sportsmail revealed on Monday that former Leeds boss Bielsa was the Toffees’ first choice candidate to replace Lampard, who lost his job following a dreadful run that has left the club in danger of relegation.

However, the Argentine is understood to have serious reservations about taking over at Goodison Park in a development that arrives as a major blow to Everton’s hopes of appointing Bielsa.

Everton fear Marcelo Bielsa will turn down their approach to replace Frank Lampard

Lampard was sacked on Monday after Everton's defeat by West Ham

Everton fear Marcelo Bielsa (left) will reject their approach to replace Frank Lampard (right)

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

‘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.

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

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

LAMPARD AT EVERTON

All competitions

Played: 44

won: 12

Drawn: 8

Lost: 24

Strength: 43

Against: 71

Win percentage: 27.3

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

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

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 centered 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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