The prospect of relegation is not a potential stumbling block to Everton’s hopes of luring former Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa back to the Premier League, according to Tuttomercatoweb

Bielsa is not one to shy away from a challenge. No matter how daunting.  

He took the reigns at Leeds United during the summer of 2018 despite the fact that the Yorkshire outfit had finished in the bottom half of the Championship that previous campaign. Three years later, they were flying high in the Premier League’s top half. 

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And the prospect of waking another sleeping giant from it’s slumber is likely to appeal to a coach who tends to sympathise with historic, brilliantly-supported ‘community clubs’ like Everton, Leeds, Lazio and Marseille. 

Tuttomercatoweb believe that relegation – for the first time since 1951 – is unlikely to put Bielsa off the idea of bringing his unique brand of high-octane, high-pressing football to Goodison Park. Talks between Everton and Bielsa are ongoing. Though the 67-year-old Argentine would prefer to wait until the summer rather than take over from the departed Frank Lampard immediately. 

Everton want former Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa

That some come as no surprise, really. 

Bielsa has not taken over a single club mid-season in the 21st Century. He would want time and patience to impart his methods onto a group of players who have spent much of their Everton careers lurching from one style of play to another. Bielsa, more than almost any other coach, would espouse the benefits of a full pre-season. 

The one-time Argentina boss does have a few nagging concerns, The Mail adds. But they are more to do with the squad of players he would inherit at Everton, rather than the club’s current predicament in the Premier League’s relegation zone. 

Bielsa feels Everton lack the pace to really thrive under his stewardship. The prospect of the Toffees adding some much-needed speed to their ranks currently look slim; Financial Fair Play concerns limiting cash-strapped Everton to short-term loan deals.  

Arnaut Danjuma, the spring-heeled former Villarreal forward, got cold feet and opted for Tottenham Hotspur instead. And Anthony Gordon, one of Everton’s quicker players, could depart for Newcastle United before next week’s transfer deadline. 

“Everyone’s been fascinated by Leeds and Bielsa this season,” Everton winger Andros Townsend told talkSPORT after a Premier League clash between The Whites and Crystal Palace in 2020.

“When you watch on TV, you don’t get the full view of the way they play. They’re incredible. Very special. It was great to experience it live in the flesh.” 

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