Everton have now sounded out if Marcelino is interested in being their next manager after sacking Frank Lampard. The Spaniard is out of work after leaving Athletic Bilbao last June.

That is according to BBC Sport, which reports Everton have approached Marcelino over the vacant hot seat at Goodison Park. But the 57-year-old is a rank outsider to take up the role from Lampard, who Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri fired on Monday after a year in charge.

Moshiri felt he had to act with a week left of the January transfer window with Everton sat 19th in the Premier League standings. Lampard had overseen just three wins and six draws over 20 games this term. Only Wolves (12) have also scored fewer goals (15) than Everton.

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The Toffees are also next in top-flight action on February 4 at home to the Premier League leaders, Arsenal. Everton crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle against Manchester United in a 3-1 loss. They also exited the Carabao Cup in the third round at Bournemouth.

Moshiri and the Toffees’ board now have a number of head coach candidates on the club’s radar to replace Lampard. Marcelino is one manager whom Everton admire and have now approached to discuss becoming their next boss. But it is, currently, unlikely he takes over.

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Everton approach Marcelino after he turned down being the next Wolves manager

Marcelino has a wealth of experience in Spanish football having coached Sevilla, Villarreal, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao among his clubs. But the 57-year-old has not worked outside of his native Spain. He also spent his entire 11-year playing career as a midfielder in Spain.

His lack of experience in the Premier League and English football is likely to count against the Carenes native. Even though he won a Copa del Rey title with Valencia in 2018/19 and the Supercopa de Espana at Athletic Bilbao in 2020/21. They are his only titles as a coach.

Marcelino also led Athletic Bilbao to the 2021/22 Supercopa de Espana final. The Basque club further reached the Copa del Rey final in 2020/21 and the semi-finals in 2021/22. He oversaw their 2019/20 Copa del Rey final after its postponement owing to the pandemic.

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Brighton, Nottingham Forest and Wolves all admired what Marcelino has achieved in Spain as they sought new managers in 2022. But Spanish reporter Pedro Morata told Directo Gol in October that the coach turned down their advances in the hope of getting the Spain gig.

Marcelino wanted to replace Luis Enrique in the Roja hot seat should he not continue after the World Cup. In the end, Enrique did depart the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in December. But it instead promoted Spain U21 boss Luis de la Fuente as his replacement.

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